Man faces felony for beating small child, leaving dark bruises
WILLMAR -- Jesus Eduardo Gomez, 30, of Emerado, N.D., made his first court appearance Friday on felony charges of malicious punishment of a child and domestic assault for allegedly beating a now 3-year-old child and leaving him with dark bruises.
Unconditional bail was set at $15,000 with conditional bail at $2,500. Conditions include that the man have no contact with the victim or minor children, possess no weapons and cooperate with family services officials.
Gomez' next appearance is Nov. 14 in Kandiyohi County District Court.
According to the complaint, the investigation began Sept. 18, when Willmar police received a report of child abuse of a then 2-year-old boy. A woman had reported finding large bruises on the child's buttock and thigh. She had quickly informed the child's mother about the situation.
The woman reported that the child told her that Gomez had hit him with a back scratcher while his mother was at work. The woman and the mother said they had confronted Gomez, who de-nied striking the child.
The child was interviewed by a police detective and a child protection worker and said that Gomez hit him with the back scratcher when he was in trouble, and that he had told his mother about Gomez spanking and kicking him in the buttocks.
The bruises, described in the complaint as dark red to purple in color, covered the child's entire left buttock and continued onto his left thigh.
The child's mother reported that she had bathed the child earlier that day and hadn't seen any bruises on him. She said that when Gomez was confronted by the women, he said the child fell while outside.
Gomez' criminal record includes convictions in North Dakota for domestic assault in November 2008 and for terrorizing and violation of an order for protection in 2010.