WORCESTER (CBS/AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Hardwick man and his girlfriend on charges of abuse and neglect of the man’s 7-year-old son.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. announced Friday that 26-year-old Randall Lints of Hardwick was indicted on two counts of assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury, two counts of permitting substantial bodily harm and reckless endangerment.
His girlfriend, 22-year-old Alexandra Chadwick, also faces charges of abuse and reckless neglect.
The boy, Jack Loiselle, was taken to the hospital in a coma on July 14. He weighed 38 pounds, well below average, and appeared to be dehydrated. He is now at a long-term care facility.
Officers wrote in court documents that “Lints rarely let — out of his view or to be alone with other people. Lints has a history of limiting –consumption of food and liquids despite being addressed by a therapist in May 2015.”
An investigation carried out by DCF’s special case investigation unit found that the department failed to pull together multiple abuse reports — an oversight that ultimately led to the failure to adequately safeguard Jack.
Lints was arrested in July, pleaded not guilty and was held on $200,000 bail. His attorney has said there is “plenty of blame” to go around for the boy’s condition.
Chadwick will be arraigned Monday in Worcester Superior Court.
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