PLAINFIELD – Police arrested a 34-year-old Plainfield man on Saturday for allegedly beating his three-month old infant son.
Michael Bell Jr. was arrested in Newark while attempting to flee the state via bus, according Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. The Union County Homicide Task Force, New Jersey Transit Police Department, and the Amtrak Police Department made the arrest near Penn Station following a cooperative effort.
Bell was transported to the Union County Jail and ordered held without bail by Superior Court Judge Robert Mega.
The infant that Bell is accused of attacking remained in grave condition at Robert Wood University Hospital on Sunday, authorities said.
Police were called to a house on the 200 block of Lee Place in Plainfield around 10:35 p.m. Friday. There, they discovered an injured three-month-old child who was immediately transferred to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, according to Romankow. Doctors later determined that the child was suffering from fractures and internal bleeding.
Authorities have charged Bell with second degree aggravated assault, and additional charges are likely, authorities said.
The charge against Bell is merely an accusation; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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