Man accused of assaulting child

AMSTERDAM – A man who was caring for a 2-year-old boy was charged Thursday with breaking the child’s leg and causing other injuries, city police said.

Earl Stevens, 33, of 298 E. Main St., second floor, was charged with second-degree assault, a felony; and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, for committing the alleged assault in the presence of another child.

Police said the child’s mother had left the 2-year-old in the care of Stevens for a few hours Wednesday night.

When the mother returned home, police said, Stevens told her the child fell off a counter.

The child was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and was diagnosed with a broken leg, a forehead injury and bruises to the eye, back and legs.

During an interview with Stevens, who is the boyfriend of the child’s mother, police said they determined the injuries were not caused by a fall but were inflicted by Stevens.

The alleged assault was witnessed by a 6-year-old child, police said.

The 2-year-old was released from the hospital and placed in the care of his biological father, police said.