A 23-year-old Helena man has been charged with assaulting a 9-month-old child.

Nickolas Edward Salle faces the single felony charge of assault on a minor and was given a $50,000 bond Monday.

Court documents allege the child was in Salle’s care and was later observed with facial bruising and swelling of the inner ear. Medical examiners deemed the injuries “non-accidental,” although they could not establish the cause.

Salle denied causing the injuries.

Investigators allege that Salle’s explanations for how the injuries occurred were not consistent with the pattern and nature of the injuries.

Reporter Tom Kuglin can be reached at 447-4076 @IR_TomKuglin

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