- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) - A 25-year-old Washington man wanted in a case of severe child abuse has been arrested in Idaho.

The Union-Bulletin newspaper reports that (https://is.gd/YlKNf8 ) Tysen R. Beckner of Waitsburg, northeast of Walla Walla, was booked late last week into the Nez Perce County Adult Detention Center in Lewiston, Idaho, on a warrant charging him with first-degree assault of a child. Bail was set at $100,000 pending his extradition to Walla Walla County.

The sheriff’s office says Beckner and the boy’s mother live together. The couple went to a bar Wednesday evening, and the boy’s mother wound up being arrested on outstanding warrants, so the boy spent Wednesday night with Beckner.

The next morning, a family friend saw the boy with what investigators described as “horrific” bruises all over his body. They said the boy reported that Beckner threw him against a coffee table because he didn’t eat his dinner, and at one point put his head in the toilet.

The boy was first taken to a hospital in Walla Walla before being transported to another in Spokane.

It was not immediately clear if Beckner had a lawyer.


Information from: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, https://www.union-bulletin.com

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