Westport man charged with assaulting infant

Posted 1/13/21

Westport Police have announced the arrest yesterday, Tuesday, Jan. 12, of a 32-year-old Westport man in connection with an ongoing investigation into what police call a serious child abuse case …

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Westport man charged with assaulting infant

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Westport Police have announced the arrest yesterday, Tuesday, Jan. 12, of a 32-year-old Westport man in connection with an ongoing investigation into what police call a serious child abuse case involving a two-month-old child.

Stephen Kegyes was taken into custody and is being charged with three counts of permitting injury to a child, two counts of strangulation, and one count of assault and battery on a child with injury.

The defendant is an adoptive parent of the infant boy, Detective Sergeant Christopher Dunn said. Westport Police officials were contacted on Sunday and informed that the infant was at Boston Children's Hospital being treated for multiple injuries.  

On Monday, as the investigation proceeded, detectives obtained video taken from inside the defendant's Westport residence which police said shows the defendant abusing the infant on Saturday afternoon. 

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, police said that no further information on the facts of the will can be released at this time.  Detective Ryan Nickelson was assigned and is continuing the investigation of this case.

The defendant was booked at the Westport Police Station and was arraigned in Fall River District Court.  At arraignment Mr. Kegyes was held until a dangerousness hearing set for Friday January 15, at the Fall River Justice Center.

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