Manhunt for man accused of beating child

A massive, daylong, countywide manhunt that started Monday morning and led to a brief school lock-down in Greene ended peacefully Monday evening when a Lewiston man suspected of beating a child surrendered to a sergeant with the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department.

Monday manhunt
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Brian Smith, left and Rielly Bryant, middle, from the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office are assisted by an unidentified Maine State Trooper and his canine as they prepare to enter the woods behind Greene Central School Monday afternoon in search of a man wanted for beating a young child

Monday manhunt
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A pair of Lewiston police officers walk along the railroad tracks on outer College Road in Lewiston Monday afternoon in search of a suspect in the beating of a young child.

Monday manhunt
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A plane from the Maine Warden Service circles Greene Monday afternoon in search of a man wanted in connection with the beating of a child.

David C. Richards, 26, of Lewiston was charged with assault, violation of conditions of release and refusing to submit to arrest or detention. He was being held Monday night at the Androscoggin County Jail on $10,060 bail after being taken into custody about 4:40 p.m. Monday in the area around Grove and Pond streets.

Lt. Glenn Holt, with the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department, said that the incident started at a residence on Star Drive in Leeds when deputies went to the home to talk with Richards about an assault complaint filed with the department. Holt said that a relative of Richards, Kaylin Dawley, lived at the home and stalled deputies while Richards ran out the back door of the residence into the woods.

Dawley was also arrested as a result of the incident and charged with hindering apprehension.

"We'd gone out there to question him and possibly take him into custody on a domestic violence assault," Holt said.

The search for Richards lasted much of the day on Monday and involved search teams from several departments, including the sheriff's department, Lewiston Police Department, Maine State Police and Maine Warden Service. In addition to law enforcement personnel, the search included two police dogs and an airplane.

Holt said that Greene Central School, located on Main Street in Greene, was locked down for a short period of time during the afternoon when the search party came close to school grounds. Holt said that the outer doors of the building were secured, but that Richards never actually went on school property. Richards had not made any threats involving the building, but was in the area of the school while on the run.

The victim's identity is being withheld due to age, Holt said, adding that the case remains under investigation. Richards could face additional charges. He also has a prior conviction for domestic violence assault against a different victim and was already out on bail on other charges.

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To those of you who wish to

To those of you who wish to deny Richards his constitutional rights and are positive proof that our public education system has failed.


Why don't we continue to let these losers out on bail..that is the American way isn't it..nobody is guilty..RIGHT!!!!!

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Check her facebook posts!/profile.php?id=100000243380863&v=wall&ref=ts

" worst day of my life. got arrested for someone i never really like nor trusted. Major headache. Never going home again, exept to feed the animals till moms home"

Kylea Hunt's picture

what is this!?

what is this!?

Kylea Hunt's picture

wow.... thats all i have to

wow.... thats all i have to say.. freaking losers!!!!

Kylea Hunt's picture

No one should beat a defenseless child..EVER

I went to school with this dirt bag, I dont even think he finshed. Hes a coward for beating this little child. They was just being a kid. That is what time out is for. And this child beater can get on cash bail!? What to go and hurt the child again!? Or run so no one can find him? COME ON MAINE what the hell is wrong with you! We shouldnt allow BAIL FOR ANYTHING like this! We need new laws that will stop violance!! He could have kill this child!!!!! THAT IS NOT OK WITH ME!


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