An Orono man is facing two charges after the six-month-old baby he was looking after had to be hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
Maine State Police arrested Cyree Hansley, 24, after the baby left in his care was found to be suffering from brain injuries, a retinal hemorrhage, a neck bruise and a swollen eye. Doctors at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor also found skull and femur fractures, which may have been from injuries the baby suffered the same day.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, Hansley’s live-in girlfriend left her six-month-old son with Hansley to attend an evening class. She came back to find the baby’s eye swollen shut and his responses to stimuli abnormal, according to a court affidavit.
Hansley and the baby’s mom took the six-month-old to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, where doctors determined that his injuries were severe.
Hansley initially said that he had put the baby too high in a bath seat, which tipped over and caused him to hit his head, police wrote in the affidavit. But doctors told Maine State Police that Hansley’s version of events did not add up.
After police confronted him, according to the court affidavit, Hansley changed his story and told officers that he had been carrying the baby to the bathroom when the baby slipped out of his arms and his head hit the tub.
Hansley was charged with aggravated assault and assault on a child less than six years old. He is currently at Penobscot County Jail. His bail is set at $25,000 cash.
Hansley is next scheduled to appear at Penobscot Judicial Center on April 2.
The baby’s condition wasn’t immediately available Monday from Northern Light EMMC.