Ian S. Sumner, 26, of 19 Price St., Jamestown, was charged with second-degree assault Friday, following an indictment by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury.
According to Det. Diane Miraglia, Jamestown Police Department juvenile bureau detective, a lengthy investigation into physical abuse of a foster child based on a tip from Child Protective Services led to charges being filed.
A baby who was born in February 2007 was taken in by Sumner in April 2007, according to the police report. The detective said the investigation determined that the child had endured a broken arm, broken leg and broken ribs in October 2007.
Treated at Children's Hospital in Buffalo, the child recovered, was released and is living in another foster home.
Sumner was arraigned in city court on the Class D felony charge and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail.
Although Jamestown Police couldn't discuss the details of the case, including how the child was allegedly injured, Lt. Robert Samuleson said that whenever a case involves a child, it hits the police officers investigating it in a personal way.
''These cases are always difficult to deal with emotionally because so many of us have children of our own,'' he said. ''The child was so young and defenseless in this case and whenever there are children involved we take every precaution to ensure their safety. We always work hard to make sure a child is taken care of and hope they are placed in a good home. At the end of anything like this, that is what we hope for.''
If a citizen believes a child is or may be in danger due to abuse or neglect, the information can be called in to the state Child Protection Services hotline at (800) 342-3720. The hotline is toll-free and available 24 hours a day.