Lewiston man faces additional charges in child abuse case

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AUBURN — A Lewiston man faces additional charges in the alleged abuse of his girlfriend’s three children who suffered broken bones and other wounds.

An Androscoggin County grand jury handed up an indictment Tuesday charging Laquavius Hudson, 21, of 50 Fairmount St. of three counts each of assault on a child younger than six years old and endangering the welfare of a child.

Hudson had been indicted in April on six identical charges. The new charges were added to the existing charges involving similar conduct with the same three children in the new indictment for a total of 12 charges. Each of the charges is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Hudson had been scheduled for a November trial on the initial six charges, but that case was continued, likely pending the outcome of the rising of this week’s grand jury.

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According to court documents, one of the children was 18 months old. The others were 4 and 5 years old.

Hudson’s girlfriend, Raven Sullivan, 22, also of Lewiston, had been indicted on six counts of endangering the welfare of a child, three felonies and three misdemeanors.

She pleaded guilty in August to one misdemeanor count and was sentenced to 364 days in jail. That sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for one year.

According to court documents, Lewiston police began investigating in November 2016 when Sullivan took her then-4-year-old daughter to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston with a broken left arm. X-rays taken at the hospital revealed prior fractures of the same arm that were still healing, according to a court affidavit.

Medical officials at St. Mary’s referred the case to the Department of Health and Human Services, which ordered that the other two children be examined, as well. Later that month, all three children were examined at an agency in Portland.

A Lewiston police detective wrote in court documents that Sullivan should have been aware “at a minimum” that her children were being injured. “The skeletal injuries would have been painful,” Detective William Brochu wrote in his affidavit.

A witness told police that Hudson had abused the children while Sullivan was at work, according to the affidavit.

The Portland agency reported to police that it found six healing rib fractures on the 4-year-old, as well as multiple fractures of the arms and a skin injury from being struck by a looped cord, according to the affidavit.

On the 18-month-old, according to the report, medical officials found seven rib fractures, as well as healing fractures of bones in the arms, shoulders and legs. The 5-year-old was found to have four healing rib fractures, according to the affidavit.

Laquavius Hudson (file photo)

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