Man Lacerated 2-Year-Old’s Liver, Police Say

Hazelwood Police said the child also had facial bruises and an injury to the back of his head.

A man faces criminal charges after Hazelwood Police said he seriously injured a 2-year-old in his care by lacerating the child’s liver.

Joshua Riley, 26, of the 1500 block of Nesbit in Ferguson, was charged Aug. 28 with second-degree assault and endangering a child.

said the child suffered a linear laceration through nearly his entire liver, bruises on his face, and an injury to the back of his scalp.

A witness told Hazelwood Police that Riley ran out of his room March 20 at the in holding the child, who was unresponsive. The witness said Riley told him not to call an ambulance.

The witness took the child from Riley and called for help. Police said two other children in the room told the witness that Riley whooped the 2-year-old and hit his head on the wall, adding that the boy cries a lot.

The witness told police that while waiting on the ambulance, Riley told him that he and his brother used to box and that the child would be OK.

Bond for Riley was set at $100,000.

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your September 05, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Another example of the wild raising the young, and we wonder why/how ridiculous crimes happen. Where were the parents of these children??, they should be held just as accountable as riley.
Angela Atkinson September 05, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I wondered the same thing--what was the relationship between the victim and the attacker? Police didn't release that information, unfortunately.
Marcel Marcel February 14, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Sick piece of living flesh! How do come to a point where you do that to a CHILD! HE SHOULD FACE THE SAME BEATING. I hate these things that I hear and see we are heartless as human beings.....we need to geniticlly start to alter this God forsaken race. We will and have always desimated everything we come in contact with. Even each other. Only the intellectually and mentally sound should be allowed procreate. The rest need to fade away as the caveman did! Just a thought..have a wonderful day!


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