Winthrop man charged in attack on woman, toddler

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WINTHROP — Police say a local man attacked a 27-year-old woman and a 2-year-old boy early Monday morning.

Brian Diaz, 23, was charged with aggravated assault involving domestic violence, a felony. According to court documents, he is accused of breaking two of the toddler’s ribs and using a knife to slash the woman’s right thigh.

Police arrested Diaz after receiving a 911 call early Monday morning from an apartment at 81 Bowdoin St., according to a news release.

Diaz was taken to the Kennebec County jail, where he was being held on $25,000 bail. If released, he wouldn’t be allowed to contact the woman or the child.

After the altercation, the woman and boy were taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, then to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The toddler had two broken ribs and “many other facial injuries,” but the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to a probable cause affidavit by Officer Timothy Falvey of the Winthrop Police Department. The woman suffered cuts on her right thigh and her right hand.

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Aggravated assault is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine. The complaint also charges Diaz with assault on a child under 6 years old.

During Diaz’s initial court appearance Monday, he offered no answer to the charges, according to a clerk at the Capital Judicial Center.

The Kennebec Journal does not identify victims of domestic violence.

The medical conditions of the boy and the woman were not available Wednesday afternoon. A spokesperson at Maine Medical Center said the hospital had no information about the woman and that it couldn’t comment on whether the boy was a patient there.

In court documents, police said Diaz and the woman had been in a domestic relationship for several months and that he was angry about an “apparent break-up.”

They had an argument Sunday, but both told police that it didn’t turn physical. At some point, Diaz left the apartment, then returned late Sunday or early Monday, according to Falvey’s affidavit. Around 5 a.m. Monday, he allegedly attacked the woman and the boy.

The woman told police that he slapped her face, grabbed her around the neck and used a yellow utility knife to slash her right thigh as she struggled with him. At some point, she suffered a cut on her right hand. After the woman went into the bathroom, she could hear Diaz enter a separate bedroom and start hitting the boy, she told police.

Police found the knife and dried blood marks that supported the woman’s account, Falvey said.

Police were continuing to investigate the case Wednesday.

Falvey said the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is involved in this case and had “been contacted by other concerned adults, prior to the incidents in this affidavit.”

Child protective cases are confidential.

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