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Ithaca Man Arrested For Child Abuse After Two Month Investigation

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(PHOTO–Joshua Barnes, 21, of Ithaca. Photo courtesy of the Ithaca Police Department)

An Ithaca man has been arrested for physically assaulting a three-year-old child following an investigation over the past two months.

Ithaca Police say the incident occurred on October 4 on the 400 block of Ithaca’s Hector Street. The child was treated at a local hospital for emergency medical attention following “significant injuries,” including “multiple contusions.”

An investigation revealed the child sustained these injuries while in custody of his father, 21-year-old Joshua Barnes, who initially denied any involvement in October and fled to the Baltimore, Maryland area.

On October 24, an Arrest Warrant with full extradition was signed by Ithaca City Court Judge Miller, which contained two charges against Barnes: Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor.

On November 20 Barnes was arrested in Baltimore and held for the Ithaca Police Department.

Now two weeks later, IPD Investigators made the trip to Baltimore on Monday (December 3) and took custody of Barnes, returning him to Ithaca to face his crimes.

He was arraigned in Ithaca City Court later Monday evening and set to the Tompkins County Jail on $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond.

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