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Alaska Man Charged With Assault Following Incident That Left 2-Year-Old Critically Injured

| by Jared Keever
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Alaska police have charged a man with multiple counts of assault following their response to a call about a domestic dispute that left a 2-year-old boy critically injured. 

Alaska Dispatch News reports Alexie Kapotak Jr., 21, was arraigned Wednesday at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. He stands charged with three counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, and one count of fourth-degree assault.

The charges stem from a Tuesday incident in which police were called to the Anchorage apartment where Kapotak lives with his girlfriend, Sherina Nelson, the child’s mother. Officers reportedly walked into the aftermath of what appeared to be a violent domestic dispute that left Nelson’s sister, Angela Grice, with bite marks on her face. 

KTUU News report indicates Grice went to the apartment after hearing that the couple was arguing. She reportedly told police she wanted to get her 2-year-old nephew, who hasn’t been named in reports, out of the apartment.

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The police report and arrest documents say officers arrived to find Grice stumbling from the door of the apartment as if she had been pushed. Officers “breached the door,” according to the documents, and subsequently found Nelson sitting on the floor of a bedroom, crying and holding her son. She was bleeding from the face, police documents say. 

Police arrested Kapotak at the scene. The two women and the child were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Doctors there found that the boy suffered multiple skull fractures, an orbital fracture and other broken bones, charges say. His brain was bleeding and swelling, doctors said. 

Kapotak reportedly told police numerous stories as to how the child came to be injured, including that he threw the child on a pile of clothes to keep him from getting injured in the scuffle between the adults. In later interviews Kapotak said he “lost control” and admitted to punching the boy numerous times in the head and stomach, police documents say. 

First-degree assault carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, and second-degree assault carries a maximum of 10 years. If convicted, the amount of time Kapotak serves will likely depend on his criminal record which is reported to consist of only a single misdemeanor drug charge. 

Daniel Demientieff, the child’s father, said he would like to see him go to prison for life. 

Demientieff told Alaska Dispatch News that his son remains in critical condition but is doing better. 

“My son is a lot better than he was,” he said. “They gave him some blood. I’m trying to stay calm, but it’s really hard.”

Kapotak’s bail was set at $250,000 with a $10,000 cash performance bond.

Sources: Alaska Dispatch NewsKTUU News / Photo Credit: KTUU News