Police have arrested a Yamhill reserve police officer in Oregon for assaulting his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son.
McMinnville police officers arrested 34-year-old Michael Shane Abo early Saturday morning at his home in Sheridan after an investigation that lasted for three days, The Oregonion reports. He is a reserve police officer with the City of Yamhill and a former Yamhill County Sheriff’s deputy.
County deputies responded to a medical call at Abo’s home on New Year’s Eve, and found the injured child. On Jan. 1, the boy was taken by a Life Flight helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University, where he is listed in critical condition, according to KPTV. Investigators believe the 4-year-old’s injuries resulted from physical abuse by Abo.
Neighbors say they always suspected that there was something not quite right with Abo.
“If the little boy was in momma's car going to McMinnville, he would always blow a kiss at me when they left,” Abo’s neighbor, Ruby Swartz, told KATU. “But if he was in daddy's car, he was not allowed to look.”
Because of Abo’s ties to Yamhil County, Sheriff Jack Crabree asked the McMinville Police Department to handle the investigation.
Abo is facing charges of assault and criminal mistreatment and was booked into the Yamhill County Correctional Facility. His bail was set at $1 million.