FARMINGTON — A Jay man is accused of abusing a 2-year-old child, Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said Friday.

Detective Kenneth Charles investigated and arrested Devin Medcoff, 20, on Thursday on a felony charge of aggravated assault, Nichols said.

The county received a Maine Department of Health and Human Services referral. The child had been taken to a hospital and examined and bruises were found on his body consistent with child abuse, Nichols said.

A conviction on the charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Medcoff made an initial appearance in Farmington District Court on Friday.

Assistant District Attorney Claire Andrews requested bail be set at $5,000 cash. She told the court Medcoff had two convictions in 2013 of harassment and reckless conduct. 

Medcoff’s attorney, Walter “Woody” Hanstein, said the man’s mother was in the courtroom and could post $2,500 cash bail.

Any charges against a child is very serious, he said. The one-paragraph probable cause affidavit does not support the level of charge he is charged with, he said.

Andrews requested a condition of no contact with the victim or his mother. She also requested no unsupervised contact with children younger than 16.

Judge Lance Walker set bail at $3,500 cash and agreed to bail conditions.

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