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Falls veteran charged with beating stepson

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who served three Army tours in the Middle East and is now undergoing mental health counseling has been indicted on charges of beating his 22-month-old stepson June 10.

Robert P. Jayes, 35, was living on 16th Street at the time of the incident that left the toddler with heavily bruised buttocks, according to Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre, who said no weapons were used in the alleged assault.

Jayes is now barred from the home by an order of protection signed Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. He’s being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Jayes pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree assault and two counts of child endangerment, one of which refers to the alleged presence of another stepson, age 8, during the incident.

Assistant Public Defender Charles F. Pitarresi said Jayes served eight years in the Army and was deployed three times. He is now receiving occasional counseling at a local Veterans Administration facility, Pitarresi said.

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