Police Officer Allegedly Beat 4-Year-Old, Put Him In Critical ConditionSalem-News
Jan. 16, 2014
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(SALEM) - "They don't want the image of a little boy to be shown because he is so brutalized, they don't want the American public to know what he looks like." Those words from a family friend of a four-year old boy who was beaten to within an inch of his life by an Oregon police officer.
McMinnville Police say investigators believe that the injuries to the 4 year old were a result of physical abuse caused by a police officer named Michael Abo. The rural Oregon law enforcement officer is suspected of violent physical abuse that took place over a series of weeks. Michael Shane Abo is a former Yamhill County deputy who later worked as an unpaid reserve officer in Yamhill, Oregon.
The story begins on December 31st when an ambulance transported the boy to an emergency room. It is unclear why police did not immediately arrest either Abo or the boy's mother, due to the extreme nature of the boy's injuries.
McMinnville Police Chief Ron Noble told Salem-News Friday, that the investigators in this case were doing everything in their power to move the case forward.
The family of the boy told Salem-News that the boy's father is in the U.S. military.