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N.Y. couple charged with beating abuse and burning toddler with lit cigarette

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One week after troopers with the New York State Police arrested 33-year-old Stephen M. Hoose, 33, of Bath in Steuben County for allegedly tossing a toddler into a chair and wall - which resulted in a fractured skull, a subdural hematoma and retinal hemorrhaging in the youngster - a second arrest has been made in connection with that same investigation and the same baby. State police have now also arrested 24-year-old Michelle M. Campbell, also of Bath.

According to a June 10 report from the Democrat and Chronicle, investigators allege that Campbell held a lit cigarette to the same child’s arm and also pinned the baby’s arm to a hot oven. The alleged abuse from Campbell resulted in third-degree burns to the toddler.

Last week, Hoose was arrested and charged with felony reckless assault of a child and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. And now, Campbell has been charged with two counts of felony second-degree assault and one count of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. Campbell was arraigned at the Village of Bath Court and then transported to the Steuben County Jail where’s she’s currently being held on $5,000 cash bail or a $10,000 bond.

Because police in New York say their investigation is still active and ongoing, officials will not release more specific details regarding the case like the child’s relationship to Campbell and Hoose, or the child’s age, according to The Steuben Courier Advocate.

The Senior Investigator in the case, Curt Eaton, did share that “Campbell caused third-degree burns to the child twice on May 20,” with one burn being caused by the lit cigarette and the other third-degree burn caused by holding the baby’s arm against the hot oven. We also know that it was on that same May 20 date that Hoose allegedly threw the same baby into a chair causing the child’s head to be struck against a wall, which also resulted in significant injuries. Also known due to the charges, is that the toddler is younger than two years old.

The young victim is still undergoing medical treatment at the present time. The Bath Police Department and the Steuben County Child Protective Unit are working with the New York State Police in a joint investigation into the toddler’s injuries.



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