AUGUSTA — A city man is charged with assaulting his infant daughter in a case in which the prosecutor says the 2-month-old was harmed by withholding care and nourishment.

Jedediah D. Watson, 33, was indicted last week on charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a child last year between Sept. 8 and Nov. 7.

“The indictment is based on an allegation of the withholding of care or sustenance,” said acting District Attorney Alan Kelley. “Steps were taken to ensure the safety of the child and the Department of Health and Human Services became involved.”

The indictment was sealed until Watson’s arrest Tuesday morning. Additional details about the case were not available in court records.

An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but it indicates that there is enough evidence to proceed with formal charges and a trial.

Watson was arraigned Wednesday in Waterville District Court, and remained Thursday in Kennebec County jail in lieu of bail, which was set at $1,000 cash or $10,000 worth of real estate.

 

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