Man Allegedly Fractured Toddler’s Face, Waives Felony Hearing

By: Brittany Grove

Man allegedly fractured  toddler’s face, waives felony hearing

NORWICH – A Norwich man accused of assaulting his girlfriend's three-year-old child – by allegedly fracturing the toddler's face – waived his right to a felony hearing and was remanded back to county jail to wait for his case to go before a grand jury.

On Feb. 26 at approximately 5:31 p.m., the Norwich City Police Department received a call from Chenango County Child Protective Services.

The agency reported an alleged assault involving a three-year-old male child to the police.

After NPD detectives and CPS workers investigated the case, NPD officers arrested 29-year-old Zane T. Abbott of Mitchell Street in Norwich.

He was charged with the class D felony of assault in the second degree and the class A misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child.

Abbott was the boyfriend of the three-year-old victim's mother.

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The male toddler was allegedly under Abbott's care when he suffered serious physical injuries, which included two facial fractures and a fractured eye socket.

He was initially transported to UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries but was later transferred to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for further evaluation.

Abbott was arraigned on Feb. 26 following his arrest and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.


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