Charles Bowman (source: Bullitt County Sheriff's Department)
SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The man charged with abusing and neglecting his girlfriend's 2-year-old son denies the charge. That's what his attorney told WAVE 3 Wednesday afternoon.
Charles Bowman, 24, and his girlfriend, the child's mother, Elizabeth Hurst, 25, were charged earlier this month. This is not the first charge of child abuse for Bowman, who briefly served as a New Albany police officer. He was let go after just four months after that department said he was identified as a problem employee after a domestic issue at his home.
Bowman's former attorney, Larry Wilder, confirms that two years ago he was charged with abusing another child in Clark County, Indiana. Wilder says those charges were dismissed late last year after the court determined there was no evidence what happened was abuse.
This time, it was daycare workers who noticed something wasn't right with one of the 2-year-olds they were responsible for taking care of during the workday. "We have training on where they bruise and why they would bruise," said Director of Today's Kids in Bullitt County. "There's certain places they should not have bruises."
Concerned, they called Child Protective Services and the boy was taken to the hospital where doctors told the Bullitt County Sheriff's Detective Scotty McGaha, "He had a skull fracture and he a black eye. He had injuries over parts all over his body."
Based on that, the sheriff's department arrested Bowman, who they say was taking care of his girlfriend's son, along with Hurst. McGaha said they've spoken with Hurst and her attorney who didn't deny the bruises. "She told us she did see injuries on the child. She would ask the boyfriend about those and he would say he slipped and fell or something of that nature."
There's no indication in court documents of how the little boy got the injuries. Bowman's attorney Joe Mills said he didn't hurt the child. "He denies the allegations. He maintains his innocence. We look forward investigating the case, specifically reviewing the report from the hospital and presenting our case, litigating our case in court."
Det. McGaha says he hopes more people would be as attentive as those daycare workers. Bowman is due back in court next month.
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