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Fircrest man accused of beating boys jailed on $1 million bail

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on May 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
May 21, 2012 2:33 pm

A man charged with badly beating two brothers – one 3, the other 18 months – pleaded not guilty today to first-degree child assault and second-degree child assault.

Pierce County Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Stepan Perebeynos, 28, jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

Authorities arrested Perebeynos at a Fircrest apartment Thursday after he called 911 to report the younger boy wouldn’t wake up. The defendant had been watching the boys and their 6-year-old sister while the children’s mother was receiving in-patient drug treatment, authorities said.

Police said the 18-month-old was covered with bruises and that his eyes were swollen shut. Paramedics took him to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with a life-threatening subdural hemotoma, court records show.

One of Perebeynos’ relatives later brought the 3-year-old boy to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken arm, a broken tooth and severe bruising, the records show.

Perebeynos told authorities the younger boy suffered his injuries in a fall. Doctors told detectives that explanation was highly unlikely.

The defendant also claimed the older boy had been in the custody of his biological father for several days. Police believe that’s a lie.

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