Columbus man pleads not guilty to alleged beating of 2-month-old baby girl

Nijil Alston (Muscogee County Jail)

UPDATE:

7/6/2017, 9:15 A.M. — The suspect accused of critically injuring a two-month-old baby girl pleads not guilty in a Muscogee County Court.

A News 3 reporter in the court room says 23-year-old Nijil Alston pleads not guilty to the charges of aggravated battery (family violence) and cruelty to children first degree (family violence).

Sergeant Wendy Holland from the Columbus Police Department told the court that police were called to Midtown Medical Center on Tuesday just before noon in reference to an assault of a two-month-old girl. She said the two-month-old girl had fractures on both sides of her skull, old fractures on the ribs, bruising all over her body including her privates.

In court, Sgt. Holland said that Alston claimed he was trying to change the two-month-old’s diaper when she fell off the couch. She said that Alston grabbed her and held her close to his chest. She began to slip and fell onto the cast on his left arm. It is still unknown as to what the child hit her head on.

Sergeant Holland said Alston was not at the hospital when police first arrived because he left out of fear that he would be accused of wrongdoing, but he demonstrated what happened to the child when he was at the police station.

Alston’s attorney, Jennifer Curry, said that DFCS will not allow Alston or his wife to see the baby, which is the family’s main concern.

“He’s a 23-year-old man, grew up here in Columbus, great family, Christian family,” Curry said. “His mother, she was just telling me she wants to go up to Egleston and play some gospel music for the baby. That’s what she loves to hear and listen to. He doesn’t have a violent history at all. He was just very excited to have this new baby.”

A judge issued Alston the following bond amounts:

  • Aggravated Battery: $100,000
  • Cruelty to Children: 50,000

Case is now bound over to Superior Court

The injured child remains in critical condition with “high cranial pressure”.


(ORIGINAL STORY)

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A two-month-old child is in critical condition after being brutally abused.

Columbus Police say the little girl has several skull fractures and bruises throughout her body.

According to a release, 23-year-old Nijil Alston was arrested and charged with aggravated battery (family violence) and cruelty to children first degree (family violence).

“Upon talking to the medical staff there was determination that these injuries were not accidental in nature,” Major Gil Slouchick said. “Based on their (Columbus Police) investigation, they had probable cause to believe that this individual is responsible for those injuries.”

Police say the investigation lead to the man’s arrest.

Alston is in the Muskogee County Jail and he will will have a Recorder’s Court hearing Thursday, July 6 at 9 a.m.

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