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Fort Drum man accused of injuring his infant son


FORT DRUM — A resident of the post was charged Tuesday by state police after allegedly injuring his 2-month-old son last week.

Kristoffer L. Fultz, 30, of 95131 Desoto Drive, was charged with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

A press release from police said Mr. Fultz was responsible for injuries to the infant following an incident Thursday at a residence on post, which left the infant with a broken arm and two broken ribs. Though the specific cause of the injuries was not listed, state police Investigator Randy S. Pound said Mr. Fultz directly inflicted the injuries.

Police said the child is receiving medical care at the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Syracuse. Mr. Pound said that he was not sure of the child’s status, but that the injuries were not life-threatening.

Mr. Fultz, who police said is not a soldier assigned to the post, was arraigned in LeRay Town Court and held at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, Watertown, on $20,000 bail.

Mr. Pound said Mr. Fultz’s wife, a Fort Drum soldier, was not connected to the incident, and would not receive any criminal charges.

Police were aided in the case by Jefferson County Child Protective Services and the post’s Criminal Investigation Command.

The arrest comes a day after state police charged Willie D. Smith III, 26, of Pamelia with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly injured his 2-month-old son.

The boy, who suffered fractures to both of his arms and legs, as well as several fractures of the skull, is being treated at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse.

Laura C. Cerow, commissioner of the Jefferson County Department of Social Services, said she could not remember a concentration of attacks to infant children.

“It’s awful. It’s sickening,” she said.

Mrs. Cerow has been commissioner since 2008 and has been with the department since the 1980s.

Following the arrest of Mr. Smith, who previously had been convicted of assaulting a 2-year-old girl, Mrs. Cerow said her office received at least one call Tuesday asking why the department had not done more to protect the young victim. She said the department’s activity was limited as Mr. Smith already had served his sentence.

“Once you have served your time for a crime, we have no control of them having another child,” she said.

She called the two incidents disheartening and tragic.

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