A man sought by authorities for allegedly assaulting a two-year-old boy and the boy’s mother at a Coon Rapids motel Saturday evening was arrested on a warrant Tuesday evening and arraigned in Anoka County District Court today (Wednesday, April 11) on three charges, two of them felonies.
Deryl Edward Young, Jr., 34, no permanent address, has been charged with two felony counts of malicious punishment of a child as well as misdemeanor domestic assault.
According to the complaint, officers were called to a room at the Inn Town Suites, 420 Coon Rapids Blvd., shortly after 7 p.m. April 7 where a woman, 28, reported that she had seen Young stomp on the boy’s head and face while the boy was laying face down on the floor.
When the woman tried to intervene, she alleged that Young punched her in the face about three or four times.
She told another child in the room to go downstairs to the front desk of the motel and ask staff to call the police, at which point the man left in a white Toyota Previa van, the Coon Rapids Police report states.
According to the complaint, when the woman picked up the boy, she saw that he had several bloody red marks on his face, which she believed were caused by Young whipping him with an electrical cord.
The complaint alleges that police officers observed and photographed several blood red marks on the boy’s face, a cut lip which was swollen and that his back was covered with dozens of scars consistent with being whipped many, many times.
The woman allegedly had a scratch on her face and a cut on her right ear.
Both the boy and his mother were taken to the hospital for treatment.
An electrical cord found in the room was taken into evidence, according to the Coon Rapids Police report.
Peter Bodley is at [email protected]