Former deputy’s brutal attack leaves toddler in critical condition


by Joseph L. Parker

A four-year-old boy clings to life in a hospital after a former deputy sheriff brutally attacked him. The toddler suffered a severe brain injury, seven fractured ribs, and tears in his bowel and intestine.

Michael Abo, 34, is the man accused of attacking the child, his girlfriend’s son, on New Year’s Eve in Yamhill County, Oregon. Abo facing assault and criminal mistreatment charges following a grand jury indictment, according to CBS affiliate KOIN. He denies attacking the toddler and told the police his injuries came after the boy fell from a stairwell in Abo’s house.

The police responding to a 911 call, 50 miles outside of Portland, found the boy at death’s door. His injuries were so severe that emergency crews medivaced him to the nearest hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.

When Abo was questioned by police at the hospital, he said he had seen the boy jumping up and down on a stairwell before. He further claimed that after he had gone into his bedroom, he heard a thump, and came out again to find the child on his back at the bottom of the stairwell.

Hospital officials told police the toddler’s injuries were likely caused by blunt force trauma and were inconsistent with falling from a stairwell. There were prior incidents on two different dates in which Abo caused “serious physical injury,” according to an affidavit obtained by KOIN

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