By Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A 24-year-old Anaconda man who was charged with assaulting his girlfriend’s toddler son, causing permanent injuries, has hanged himself in his jail cell.

Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell tells The Montana Standard ( that Zachary Williams died Sunday night. Jailers found him shortly after 10 p.m. with a bed sheet around his neck and tied to a railing. A detention officer and paramedics were unable to resuscitate him. Williams was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Williams had pleaded not guilty to six counts of felony assault on a minor. His bail was set at $100,000.

Court records say the 20-month-old boy suffered a skull fracture and other injuries on Sept. 27 and was treated at a hospital in Spokane, Washington. Prosecutors say the boy had a poor prognosis for any kind of functional recovery.


Information from: The Montana Standard,

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