A 22-year-old man is facing charges in what Bridgeport, Conn. police call one of the worst cases of child abuse they have ever seen.
Daquon Gomillion is accused of severely beating a 5-year-old boy with an extension cord. He is being held on $750,000 bond.
Police began investigating on July 18 after a worker for the state Department of Children and Families reported the boy had several injuries, including extensive scarring over much of his body, authorities said.
"The number of scars is too numerous to count, and the number exceeds the number that I have ever seen on any other child," said a doctor from Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital who examined the child.
Gomillion was arrested on Monday when he showed up for a civil custody hearing relating to the victim.
Police said Gomillion and the boy are relatives, but did not say how the two are related.
Detective Dave De Feo, who has worked in the Bridgeport Police Youth Bureau for 10 years, said the injuries were consistent with being struck with an extension cord.
He described the injuries as "the worst that I've ever seen" in a case of child abuse, according to a release from Bridgeport Police.
Gomillion is charged with four counts of first-degree assault and four counts of risk of injury to a minor.
He was originally being held on $250,000 bond, but is now being held on $750,000 after an arraignment today.
The boy has been removed from the home, police said.