Top story: Man arrested in disturbing child abuse case
1-year-old allegedly burned repeatedly by a cigarette and bitten
DENNIS -Dennis Police detectives arrested 19-year-old Anthony A. Delman of Dennisport (seen here with his attorney at his arraignment) following an investigation into allegations of child abuse on a (non-related) 1-year-old male child. The incident is alleged to have occurred on Wednesday evening into Thursday morning December 5 and 6, 2007, at the residence of the suspect.
The investigation began on Saturday evening, December 8,when the biological father (who is estranged from the child's mother) picked up his son for visitation from the mother's Dennisport residence.
After picking up the child, the father discovered several bruises and marks on the child's body and brought him to the Dennis Police Station.
The child was transported to Cape Cod Hospital where he was examined and treated for burns to the sole of his right foot, right ear lobe and also behind each ear. All of the burns were consistent with having been made by the tip of a lit cigarette.
Additionally, police say, the child had an apparent human bite mark to his left foot and bruising on the face, shoulder and buttocks area.
Investigations reportedly revealed that the biological mother had brought the child to Delman's residence on Wednesday evening for dinner with the suspect and his live-in girlfriend. After dinner, the child was placed in a crib in the suspect's bedroom and sometime during late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning the child was allegedly assaulted by the suspect, as the mother slept on a couch in the living room.
The Department of Social Services took custody of the child at the hospital.
Mr. Delman was held overnight at the Barnstable County House of Corrections on $5,000 cash bail for arraignment in Orleans District Court on Wednesday morning. Mr. Delman is being charged with six counts of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Lit Cigarette and Human Teeth) and one count of A&B on a Child Resulting in Serious Injury.
Dennis Police were also assisted in the investigation by the Barnstable County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Two injured in Hyannis crash
A Jeep and a van collided in Hyannis Wednesday evening injuring two people.
HYANNIS - At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening several Barnstable PD units and 2 Hyannis rescues responded to a crash at Old Strawberry Hill Road & Phinneys Lane in Hyannis. A Jeep Cherokee driven by Russell Brown had crashed into the side of a Dodge Caravan driven by Justin Williams sent it on the grass. Brown and a passenger were taken to CCH with non-life threatening injuries. The scene was tied up for more than 1 hour while they waited for a County Investigation Officer arrive to take photos & flatbeds to take both cars away. Barnstable Police cited Williams for failing to use care in starting. (Story and photos by Frank Paparo/CWN).
Police 6-year-old taken by his father found safe
FALMOUTH - Falmouth Police say 6-year-old Christopher Seychew has been found safe. Police tell CWN Seychew was abducted by his father Richard T. Warren, who does not have custodial rights.
Police believe Warren was operating a silver or gray Dodge minivan with unknown registration or a black Jeep Wrangler with Maryland plates and may have been headed to the Baltimore area.
Christopher is described as 6 years old with brown hair, Warren is 44 years old, about 6 feet tall and 195 pounds. On December 17th authorities with the assistance of the U.S. State Deptartment located father and son. The boy is fine and was reunited with his mother. (Photos furnished by Mass State Police).
Police Seek Help in Solving Athletic Field Vandalism
YARMOUTH - On Tuesday about 9:30 a.m. the Yarmouth Police Department received reports that several different athletic fields in South Yarmouth were seriously damaged sometime overnight.
Yarmouth Police Patrol Investigator Scott Lundegren responded to the reports and determined that an unknown vehicle drove across the athletic fields at the following locations:
Old Townhouse Park (Baseball Field $4,000 Damage)
Station Avenue Elementary School (Soccer Field $3,275 Damage)
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School (Soccer Field $4,000 Damage)
At each location tires marks were embedded deeply into the turf causing thousands of dollars of damage.
The suspect and suspect vehicle is unknown at this time. The suspect vehicle may have damage to the front end from crashing through a locked gate and may be covered with mud and grass.