McMinnville man arrested in child abuse case – McMinnville News

A McMinnville man was arrested this morning by Yamhill County sheriff’s detectives on charges that allege he’s responsible for inflicting injuries on a 2-year-old boy who sustained a fractured skull and a broken collarbone.

Nicholas Ryan Bates, 25, of 1402 N.E. McDonald Lane, was charged with one count each of first-degree criminal mistreatment and third-degree assault, both Class C felonies. He was booked into jail on $15,000 bail. He tentatively will be arraigned at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday in circuit court.

The child allegedly sustained the injuries the evening of Monday, May 7, at Bates’ residence, according to Capt. Tim Svenson of the sheriff’s office.

He was taken to the Willamette Valley Medical Center emergency room the following morning by his mother, Felicia Manley, 22, of 4230 Hawn Creek Road, McMinnville. The child was transferred to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. He has since been released into the custody of his mother.

She and Bates are not married and he is not the child’s biological father, Svenson said.

“During the past week our detectives have been interviewing people to pinpoint what happened,” he said. “He (Bates) knew we were looking for him. It just took some time for he and our detectives to get together.”

Bates was taken into custody about 6:30 this morning at his residence as he was leaving for work.

“After the child was taken to the hospital, and it was determined there were significant injuries, law enforcement was notified,” Svenson said. “When you have these types of injuries, more than likely it’s not an accident.”

Svenson gave this account of what’s alleged to have happened to the child:

“The mother said she stepped outside the residence to smoke a cigarette. When she went back inside, the boy had a slight amount of blood on the corners of his mouth.

“It appeared he might have bit his tongue,” Svenson said. “She put him to bed. She woke up the next morning and he was acting strange. He was unresponsive, acting as if his arm hurt.”

Manley took her son to the hospital at that point.

“These type of mistreatment cases do not occur as often as you might think, but when they do, the injuries are often significant,” Svenson said.

See Wednesday’s print edition for additional details.

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