Police: Bethel father charged with assault after 2-year-old found bruised, bloody

Devin Kelly

A Bethel man was charged with felony assault after his two-year-old son was found bruised and bleeding on the kitchen floor, police said Wednesday.

Maurice Andrews Sr., 30, allegedly threw the child on the floor and kicked him multiple times, bruising the toddler's face and fracturing his collarbone, authorities said.

At 7:10 a.m. on Nov. 25, Bethel police officers arrived at a home on the 900 block of Ridgecrest Drive in Bethel for a welfare check. A woman living there told police that she came home that morning to find her two-year-old lying on the kitchen floor crying with swelling, bruising and blood on his face, Bethel police chief Laurance Elarton said in a statement.

The woman took her son upstairs, and at that point, her five-year-old son told her that their father, Andrews Sr., threw the toddler on the floor and "began kicking him multiple times," Elarton said.

The 5-year-old also showed bruises to his face that were "attributed to also being struck by his father," Elarton said. Neither Elerton nor the Bethel district attorney's office could be reached for further comment Wednesday.

Andrews, who made his first court appearance Nov. 26, faces a third-degree assault charge. A public defender for Andrews could not immediately be reached for comment.

The two-year-old was transported to a Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation clinic, where he was treated for wounds to the face and a fractured right clavicle, Elarton said.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

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