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The incident involves life-threatening injuries allegedly inflicted on an 18-month-old on Jan. 13.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TIGARD - Tigard police detectives arrested a 33-year-old Tigard resident on Thursday, charging him with the abuse of an 18-month-old child.Tigard police detectives have arrested a 33-year-old man, charging him with a variety of crimes involving the alleged child abuse of an 18-month-old.

Brandon Stevens was arrested Thursday, Jan. 13, after staff at Randall Children's Hospital called police to inform them of the suspected abuse and that the child was being treated for life-threatening injuries, according to a Tigard Police Department news release.

Police say Stevens was the primary caregiver for his girlfriend's two children, the 18-month-old and a 5-year-old, while their mother was working. Stevens had already returned home with the older child when police identified him as a suspect.

Out of concern for the safety of the older child, detectives accompanied the mother to her apartment in the 9800 block of Southwest Frewing Street, police said. However, when they arrived, they found Stevens was gone.

Stevens was located later that day in the 11900 block of Manzanita Court. He was taken into custody and taken to the Washington County Jail, charged with first-degree assault (which is a Measure 11 crime), second-degree child neglect and first-degree criminal mistreatment.

The 5-year-old child was not hurt, police said.

Police reported that Stevens also had three outstanding warrants out for his arrest. Two were out of Lane County; the other was out of Marion County.

Anyone suspecting a child is being abused should report it to the Oregon Department of Human Services by calling the 24-hour hotline at 1-855-503-SAFE. Those who think someone is being hurt or is in danger should call 9-1-1 immediately.

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