Someone beat and bit a 2-year-old boy on the back and arms, sending him to Children's Hospital, police said today.
Authorities were told the child was beaten in a fight with a 4-year-old youngster. But doubts were raised over this explanation because some of the wounds appear to have been inflicted by someone using a belt, said sources close to the case.
The injured toddler, who will turn 3 next month, was taken from a Breckenridge Street apartment shortly after 9 p.m. Monday. West Ferry Station police had gone to the residence to investigate a report of an assault.
"A 2-year-old male had various physical injuries, including multiple bruising to face, head, back, arms, buttocks, bite marks on the back and arms, contusion on the hip and bump on back of head," a police report stated.
The child was released after treatment in the hospital and was placed in the custody of child-protection workers with the county Social Services Department.
"The child's injuries were not consistent with a fall or with fighting. However, the injuries are consistent with a beating possibly with a belt," said a source familiar with the investigation.
Authorities had not determined when the attack occurred. But West Ferry Station detectives were continuing the investigation.