Anziani to make first court appearance Friday

Posted March 11, 2010, at 12:14 p.m.
Edgard Anziani.  He was returned to Bangor on Wednesday, March 10, 2010.  (Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail)
Edgard Anziani. He was returned to Bangor on Wednesday, March 10, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail)

BANGOR, Maine — The man charged with beating and killing his girlfriend’s 15-month-old son was returned to Maine on Wednesday night and will make his initial court appearance today.

Edgard Anziani, 27, of Massachusetts fled to Maryland after the death of Damien Lynn on Feb. 23 at a Bangor apartment. Anziani was picked up by FBI agents March 1 in Bladensburg, Md., near Washington, D.C.

Two Bangor police detectives drove to Maryland this week to return Anziani to Maine, where he faces a murder charge. He was being held Thursday at Penobscot County Jail and is expected to make his initial appearance at 8:30 a.m. today at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Police said Anziani was baby-sitting the toddler while the boy’s mother, Cheryl Metzger, 22, was being treated at a hospital the evening of Feb 22. At some point, Damien lost consciousness and Anziani called Metzger’s mother for help.

When paramedics arrived at the apartment on Bald Mountain Drive, the child was not breathing, according to court documents. Damien was pronounced dead at Eastern Maine Medical Center about an hour later.

Anziani told police during an initial interview that the child fell down stairs. An autopsy found that the boy’s injuries included several broken bones, head injuries and a human bite mark on his arm.

Police concluded that Anziani caused the child’s injuries, but by the time detectives were ready to arrest him, he had left Maine. A federal warrant was issued and he was found in Maryland.

According to an FBI affidavit, another ex-girlfriend of Anziani’s said he beat their son so badly six years ago that the boy ended up in the hospital.

Earlier this week, a vigil was held in Bangor for Damien.

His mother told the Bangor Daily News that she is sorry she ever met Anziani.

“I beat myself up every day,” she said. “I wish I never went to the hospital, that I never let him in my house.”

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