By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Malicious wounding and child abuse charges against a Pulaski man were among indictments handed down by a Pulaski County grand jury during its latest session.
The indictments against Steven Edward Kaine Akers, unsealed Tuesday, were returned by the grand jury in July. However, Pulaski County Circuit Court seals the indictments for three weeks to give authorities an opportunity to make arrests before the indictments are made public.
An indictment is a finding enough evidence exists to hold a trial. It is not a finding of guilt.
During a March bond hearing, Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. called Akers, 22, a “danger to the community” and ordered that he be held without bond. Akers is accused of the February injury of his girlfriend’s five-month-old child.
According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor, Pulaski Police Department was notified Feb. 28 that a child in an apartment in town had sustained injuries. When officers arrived on the scene, he said, they noticed the child had “serious bruising” to the head, as well as scrapes and bruises to other parts of the body.
The child was found to have “multiple” fractures to the skull, authorities said.
Fleenor contends Akers told police, “If it’s about the bruising, go ahead and arrest me now.” He called the statement is “a curious thing to say” if it wasn’t an admission by Akers that Akers caused the injuries.
The mother of the child allegedly told police she noticed “markings or bruising” on the baby “a number” of times, after the child had been in Akers’ care.
Akers continues to be held without bond at New River Valley Regional Jail.
Other indictments handed down by the grand jury included:
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