Man accused of assaulting toddler 'maintains his innocence,' bail reduced

NORWICH – A Norwich man accused of fracturing his girlfriend's three-year-old son's face and eye socket “maintains his innocence” at his felony court arraignment and his bail amount is reduced.

On Feb. 26 at approximately 5:31 p.m., the Norwich Police Department received a call from Chenango County Child Protective Services reporting an assault involving a male toddler.

29-year-old Zane T. Abbott of Mitchell Street in Norwich was arrested following an investigation into the report, since his girlfriend's three-year-old son was allegedly under his care when the boy sustained serious physical injuries, including two facial fractures and a fractured left eye socket.

He was initially arraigned in Norwich City Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

While the mother was not charged with any crime, the boy was temporarily placed with other family members after he was treated at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

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