Lewiston man charged with assaulting toddler

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WATERVILLE — A Lewiston man is charged with assaulting his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter after being left alone with the girl for three days, according to police.

Kareem Johnson, 29, of 127 Howe St., was charged Thursday with felony assault, a stiffer penalty because the victim was a minor younger than age 6, Sgt. Brian Gardiner said.

Johnson was arrested at his girlfriend’s King Street apartment after the mother returned, found bruises on the toddler and called police.

“It was on her legs, thighs and buttocks, clear bruising, more than just discipline,” Gardiner said.

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The toddler was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Thayer Campus for an evaluation. She is expected to make a full recovery, the sergeant said.

Johnson remained in Kennebec County Jail on Saturday night, held on $500 bail.

kskelton@sunjournal.com

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