A town of Pamelia man who spent time in state prison for badly hurting a 2-year-old girl in 2007 has been charged by state police with assaulting his 2-month-old son, fracturing several of the childs bones and causing potentially life-threatening injuries, police said.
Willie D. Smith III, 26, of 22625 Plaza Drive, was charged Friday with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Police said the charges stemmed from an investigation by Jefferson County Child Protective Services.
Police said the infant was taken to Samaritan Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with fractures to both of his arms and legs, as well as several fractures of the skull. The injuries were determined to be in various stages of healing. The infant was transferred to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse.
Police identified Mr. Smith as the childs father. They said an investigation showed that on an unspecified evening in May, Mr. Smith punched the child in the head with a closed fist.
Mr. Smith was arraigned in Theresa Town Court and sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $10,000 bail.
He was sentenced in County Court in June 2007 to two years in prison for repeatedly slamming a 2-year-old girl against a wall, breaking several of her bones. He was accused of shaking the child in January 2007, then striking her against a wall, breaking both her elbows, her right wrist and her right shoulder blade.
According to court documents, he told police he was angry with the childs mother and took his anger out on the child after the girl took some of his video games out of their cases.
He was released from prison in October 2008, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.