ALFRED — A 33 year-old Parsonsfield man is accused of beating his 18-month-old nephew, allegedly causing what authorities described as “significant” injuries. He is scheduled to make a court appearance Friday.

Barren Foster Tracey was arrested late Wednesday and remains incarcerated at York County Jail, held in lieu of $25,000 bail. He is charged with Class B felony aggravated assault. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

York County Sheriff Bill King said deputies on Nov. 13 were notified by Maine Department of Health and Human Services that the boy was admitted to the hospital with what they described as “significant head trauma and internal injuries,” and that they suspected child abuse.

The boy spent three days recovering in the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, King said. He is now in the care of foster parents.

Parsonsfield Contract Deputy Darren Cyr and detectives from the York County Sheriff ’s Office launched an investigation and determined that the child was in the care of Tracey when the injuries were inflicted.

King Wednesday night said the child had been in the care of his uncle temporarily, and that the alleged abuse took place at the child’s parents’ home.

The child’s parents saw visible injuries when they returned home that day, and originally took the baby to Bridgton Hospital, said King, before he was transferred to the children’s hospital.

King said after an investigation and an examination of the injuries, Cyr obtained a warrant for Tracey’s arrest.

King said Tracey told authorities he didn’t know how the child had obtained the injuries.

Tracey lists no permanent address, according to King, but formerly lived at the Pinewood Apartments on Howe Street in Parsonsfield.

He is scheduled to make an appearance Friday at Biddeford District Court via video link to York County Jail.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]

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