TOBYHANNA, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Monroe County man is facing child abuse charges following the hospitalization of a two-year-old boy.
A disturbing investigation is underway involving the sexual assault of a two-year-old boy.
Police say they responded to Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital Wednesday morning after the boy was found with several fractures and internal injuries.
“What we learned was that the child had significant injuries. Multiple injuries, both new and some that were in various stages of healing,” Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department Chief Chris Wagner said.
Police say officers learned that the child was in the care of 25-year-old Alexander Talley at the time of the assault. Chief Wagner says police obtained a search warrant and responded to Talley’s home on Westwood Drive inside Pocono Country Place. That’s where he was eventually taken into custody.
“We’re dealing with very significant charges here. Multiple felonies, which carry with it, extensive jail time if there is a conviction,” Chief Wagner said.
Police tell Eyewitness News the child is still admitted at the hospital and is now under the custody of Monroe County Children and Youth.
Talley is currently at the Monroe County Correctional Facility facing charges including aggravated and sexual assault.
Chief Wagner urges the public not to hesitate to call them if they think a child may be abused.
“You don’t have to do a whole lot of research. If you suspect child abuse, you can simply call your local police department or dial 911 to report it,” Wagner said.