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Raymond man indicted on more charges in toddler abuse case

Union Leader Correspondent

July 18. 2013 2:18PM

BRENTWOOD – A Raymond man facing second-degree assault charges for allegedly abusing his toddler son was indicted on a dozen new charges for breaking his son's ribs and wrist, according to court documents made public Thursday.

A grand jury indicted Cavan Moore, 27, on six new counts of second-degree assault and six misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

The new charges are in addition to eight other counts of second-degree assault returned by a grand jury in April.

Moore allegedly abused the boy, who was born Nov. 3, over the course of several days between Dec. 10 and 28, fracturing several of his bones, indictments say. Moore was arrested in December on three felony assault charges after doctors at Exeter Hospital determined the baby boy suffered injuries from abuse.

The initial set of charges alleged Moore fractured his son's wrist, forearm, clavicle and ankle. The latest charges say Moore also caused fractures to at least three other ribs and the boy's left wrist.

A judge approved a request by public defenders earlier this month to access audio recordings of a recent abuse-and-neglect hearing against Moore regarding the boy's injuries.

Moore was found not liable for causing the boy's injuries after the hearing, which was brought by the state's Department of Children, Youth and Families, according to public defenders.

"The court found that the child did sustain injuries as a result of abuse or neglect. However, the court did not find that Mr. Moore caused those injuries," public defender Kathryn Hyland said in a court motion.

Each of the second-degree assault charges are punishable by up to 3 ½ to 7 years in state prison.

Moore is currently being held at the Rockingham County Jail in Brentwood on $25,000 bail. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

He is scheduled for trial the week of Oct. 28 in Rockingham County Superior Court.

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