ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca resident Joshua Barnes, 21, has been charged with assaulting a three-year-old child, according to Ithaca Police.

Officers from the Ithaca Police Department initially began investigating the assault of a three-year-old child on Oct. 4. Officers said they child sustained “significant injuries” while in the custody of Barnes. The child was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for multiple contusions.

Police say Barnes denied involvement and fled to the Baltimore, Maryland, area.

Ithaca City Court Judge Scott Miller signed an arrest warrant with full extradition on Oct. 24 with the charges second-degree assault, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Barnes was arrested in Baltimore on Nov. 20, police said, and was held for Ithaca Police. Investigators from the Ithaca Police Department took custody of Barnes on Monday, Dec. 3. Barnes was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond.

Kelsey O'Connor

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