CARY — Police on Monday charged Maurice Deshon Arnold, who is being held on robbery and attempted murder charges from Raleigh police, with seriously injuring a 2½-year-old child he was taking care of in September.
Arnold, 20, of 115 Karen Court in Raleigh is accused in an arrest warrant of causing a lacerated liver and internal bleeding in a child he was taking care of at the time.
The charge is intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.
Cary police termed his relationship as guardian.
Raleigh police arrested Arnold on Oct. 18 on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault on a government official, possession of a stolen firearm on which the serial number had been altered, possession of a firearm by a felon and other counts stemming from an Oct. 14.
Police said Arnold and two others had tried to rob a couple at gunpoint, and they added charges on Nov. 6 of attempted robbery and attempted murder.
The warrant from Cary police said the child was hurt on Sept. 26.
Detectives and prosecutors were assembling their case against Arnold after the incident was reported, and they had been unable to find him until the Raleigh charges brought him into custody, Capt. Don Hamilton said.
The child is believed to be recovering well from the injuries, police said.
According to state prison records, Arnold was convicted in October 2010 of carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession, both misdemeanors, and placed on probation.
He was convicted in May 2012 of possession of marijuana with intent to sell it, and that was added to his probationary sentence.
His probation was revoked, however, and the records show he was in prison from May 14 through Aug. 4 of this year.
He was on parole when Raleigh police arrested him.