Michael Abo, an Oregon reserve officer and former sheriff’s deputy, has been charged for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s four-year-old son nearly to death on New Years Eve.
According to CBS News, court papers say that Abo watched the boy Sunday through Thursday at his girlfriend's home in Sheridan, Ore. while she worked (video below).
On New Year’s Eve, the boy suffered a severe brain injury, tearing of his bowel and intestine and seven fractured ribs.
Abo originally told police that the boy had fallen down some stairs, but medical personnel who treated the boy said his injuries happened because of blunt force trauma.
Court papers say the boy was seriously injured at least twice on two different dates.
However, the boy’s mother claims she never noticed the injuries because Abo wouldn’t let her dress or bathe him, which apparently was not a red flag either.
The mom claims she once saw a bruise on her son's arm, but Abo told her that he was teaching the small child to wrestle.
“It’s difficult in that to see a young child who is essentially defenseless hurt in the manner that this young boy was hurt," McMinnville Police Capt. Matt Scales told KOIN. "We want to have the person that’s responsible for this held accountable."
KATU reports the Yamhill County sheriff fired Abo on Nov. 19, 2012 after he failed to appear at trials involving defendants arrested for various crimes, according to the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.