Waterville man behind bars in connection with assault on infant daughter

Posted Nov. 14, 2011, at 4:54 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:07 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A joint investigation by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services and the Waterville Police Department led to the arrest of a man Waterville police say assaulted his infant daughter.

Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey said that Robert Phillips, 37, was arrested without incident Monday morning and charged with aggravated assault.

Waterville police Detective Chris Paradis led the investigation along with the DHHS, Rumsey said, and they had both received a call that an infant was being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland for severe injuries to her skull.

Authorities interviewed Phillips, and enough evidence was collected to place him under arrest, Rumsey said.

Rumsey said the child is being treated for several skull fractures, tissue bleeding and brain trauma.

Phillips is being held in the Kennebec County Jail on $20,000 cash bail, and his first court appearance is set for Jan. 31 in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Phillips’ bail conditions prohibit him from having any contact with the child or returning to his Water Street apartment, where the assault took place, Rumsey said. The DHHS is still determining where the child will be placed after she is released from the hospital.

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