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UPDATE: Child Abuse Suspect Held on $60,000 Bond

Carlton Raymond Lewis II, charged with beating two toddler girls last spring and seriously injuring one of them, was arrested in Hastings.

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UPDATE 11:45 A.M.—A Dakota County District Court judge has set bond for Carlton Raymond Lewis II at $60,000. Shortly before noon today, Lewis was being held in Dakota County Jail.

His omnibus hearing is scheduled for Nov. 26 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.

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An Apple Valley man charged with beating two toddlers so severely last spring that one suffered a brain injury has been arrested.  

Carlton Raymond Lewis II, 23, was arrested just before 3:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at the Hastings Police Department. He was placed on the Dakota County sheriff’s most-wanted list earlier this month.     

Lewis’ co-defendant, Ashley Marie Roff, 24, the mother of the two victims, was arrested Oct. 1. She has been released from custody on her promise to make all future court appearances and has an omnibus hearing scheduled Jan. 14.

Lewis is charged with five felonies in connection with the case: two counts of malicious punishment of a child causing bodily harm, two counts of third-degree assault and one count of child neglect. He is also charged with one gross misdemeanor count of malicious punishment of a child.

Authorities say Lewis repeatedly beat the children, 2 and 3, with a belt last spring, leaving bruises. In June, the 2-year-old was admitted to the hospital with a brain injury. Doctors determined that she had suffered a diffused brain injury with subdural hemorrhaging, retinal hemorrhaging, signs of a possible skull fracture and a fractured finger.

The complaints say Roff noticed that the child had suffered some loss of movement, but didn’t seek medical treatment for seven days.

As of July 2, the 2-year-old was still having difficulty seeing out of one of her eyes, was still paralyzed on one side and remained hospitalized.

Lewis is scheduled to make a first appearance at 11 this morning in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.

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• Court Date Set for Apple Valley Woman Charged in Alleged Child Abuse Case
• Apple Valley Woman Charged with Beating Toddlers Arrested in Scott County
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jer November 05, 2012 at 08:02 PM
a criminal that beats on defensless little children should not be loose on bail. He should be put in prison for 100 years and have to wear a tee shirt that says " I beat up a 2 year old, Ain't I tough? "

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