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MENIFEE: Dad charged with assault on 2-year-old

10 Apr

A Menifee father has been charged with assaulting his 2-year-old son, who was hospitalized with serious injuries earlier this year, court records show.

Riverside County sheriff’s investigators arrested Cleophus Fitts II, 26, last week on suspicion of attempted murder, torture and other charges.

Fitts had a hearing last week in Riverside County Superior Court but did not enter a plea, court records show. His bail is set at $1 million.

No one at the Riverside County public defender’s office was available Monday to comment on the case.

Sheriff’s officials have said Fitts took his son to a hospital in February saying that the child had accidentally fallen down the stairs at their Menifee home. The boy, who suffered serious head, neck and brain injuries, is still in a hospital intensive care unit, investigators said last week.

Fitts pleaded guilty a year ago to abusing another small child in Washington state and was sentenced to probation, court records show.

Sheriff’s officials have said the mother of the child lives out of state and Fitts had custody since January.

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