A 30-year-old Helena man is accused of assaulting a toddler.
Richard Allen Hodge is being charged with assault on a minor, a felony.
A Helena police officer responded to the emergency room at St. Peter’s Health on April 13 to investigate a possible assault on a minor.
According to court documents, staff told the officer about suspicious injuries to a young child, including trauma to both sides of his face, and bruising on the front and back of his head and his right leg.
The child was in Hodge’s custody when the injuries occurred, and the mother brought the child to the emergency room, according to court documents. Hodge was the only person to have access to the child when the injuries occurred and told the officer he had disciplined the child.