By Brandi Makuski
An Amherst Junction teenager is free on a $2,000 signature bond after being charged with felonious child abuse.
Raiden O. Jones, 17, made his initial appearance before Judge Robert Shannon on Feb. 27. He’s been charged with physical abuse of a child/intentionally causing bodily harm, which carries a possible sentence of six years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Jones struck a 12-year-old male foster child living in a Town of Grant home on multiple occasions. The boy initially told his foster parents he fell and hit a doorknob.
The boy told police Jones began hitting him “for no reason” starting about a week prior to police being contacted, and said he initially lied about how he was injured because he was afraid of Jones.
Police observed a “large bruise” on the boy’s arm, according to the complaint. The boy only came forward when his foster parents became suspicious after witnessing an altercation between the boy and Jones.
Two other foster children also said Jones had struck them, initially saying they believed it was some sort of game until they realized the first boy was hurt.
It was not immediately clear how Jones came to be in contact with the foster children.
Jones returns to court for a pre-trial conference on April 17.