The live-in boyfriend of the mother of a 2-year-old boy whose leg was discovered broken after he was hospitalized earlier this month is facing charges alleging that he caused the boy's injuries, including a possible fractured vertebrae.
Matthew Lallemand, 32, who had been released from prison for an aggravated assault conviction earlier this year, was indicted by a Maricopa County grand jury on child abuse charges of intentionally causing injury as well as drug-related charges, the Chandler Police Department announced Monday.
It was not immediately known what evidence connected Lallemand to the child's injury, police said.
Lallemand and his girlfriend, Amanda Corwin, 22, were arrested on Oct. 15 after police executed a search warrant in their home in the 2000 block of North Nevada Street on suspicion of two counts of child neglect, two counts of furnishing harmful materials to a minor and drug possession, police said.
Both Lallemand and Corwin were charged last week, but Corwin is not facing any charges in connection with the boy's injuries, according to Detective David Ramer, a spokesman for Chandler police.
While conducting the search, police discovered marijuana and methamphetamine in areas of the home where the boy and his 1-year-old sister had access to the drugs, according to police.
The case will be handled by the Arizona Attorney General's Office because of the nature of the crime relating to drugs, Ramer said.
On Oct. 6, Corwin's son was admitted to Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa and was discovered to have a spiral fracture to his left leg and a possible fracture to a vertebrae, according to police.
The injured boy and his sister have been taken out of the home and are in the custody of Child Protective Services, Ramer said.
That crime marked the fifth case of severe child abuse in Chandler in the last two months, according to information from police.
Three of Chandler's four homicides this year are of children 3 years old or younger, including a 3-week-old infant girl whose father, Brian Hopf, 25, is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with her death.
Hopf told police he poked the infant in the eye, hit her head on a door jamb and fell with her in his arms on Sept. 8. The girl, who was hospitalized with skull fractures, brain swelling, broken ribs and injuries consistent with sexual assault, died Sept. 14, police said.