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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 1:00 am

Molesting charge added to alleged beating of toddler

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man charged with beating a toddler and firing a handgun inside a home, endangering two men in the home next door, is now facing an additional charge of molesting the 1-year-old girl.

Trumarkus Cortez Alexander, 27, of the 3000 block of Broadway, was baby-sitting his live-in girlfriend's daughter from 9 p.m. Nov. 24 to when the mother returned home from work about 6 a.m. the next day.

The mother found the baby and Alexander sleeping in the same bed where the couple and the baby usually slept, court documents said, and the mother fell asleep alongside them.

About 9 a.m., the mother was awakened by strange crying noises from her daughter and could see that her child had a black eye that appeared to be swollen shut and other bruises on her body, court records said.

New court documents reveal that besides the bruises on her body, the baby had bleeding and injuries to her genitalia and that the injuries were due most likely to blunt force trauma.

Alexander's 8-year-old son was there the night the child was battered, court documents said.

The boy said when he went to bed that night, the baby was already asleep and had no bruising. He awoke the next day to the baby crying and the baby's mother asking Alexander what had happened to her daughter, court records said.

The boy told authorities that after the mother left to take the baby to the hospital, he and his father left immediately and walked to his aunt's house. Alexander told his sister that the baby fell off the bed – a mattress 18 inches off the floor – and she was lying by the heater. The boy also heard Alexander say that the baby's mother grabbed the victim by the head, threw the baby on the floor and “kicked the baby in the butt.” The boy said he didn't see the mother do any of that, court documents said.

Alexander is at the Allen County Jail held in lieu of $67,500 bail. His charges include child molesting, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, neglect resulting in serious bodily injury, unlawful possession of a firearm, criminal recklessness for shooting a firearm into a building and a misdemeanor charge for resisting law enforcement.