UPDATE 11/9/12 @ 11 a.m.
LOUISA, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A father charged with assault and abuse of his then two-month-old son was in court Friday morning.
Nicholas "Nick" Ballou, 24, of Louisa, Ky., was arrested in Elliott County earlier this month.
In August, a Lawrence County Grand Jury indicted Ballou on the charges. He had been on the run until he was arrested.
Ballou was arraigned Friday in Lawrence County Circuit Court.
Prosecutors, and Kentucky State Police, say the charges stem from an incident in August 2011 when Ballou was home alone with his son. According to troopers, the child suffered multiple skull fractures and brain injuries.
Earlier this year, Ballou’s now ex-wife, Amy, said that Nick told her that Landyn choked on his baby bottle.
“He was navy blue and barely even alive -- he had three skull fractures,” Amy told WSAZ.com.
Landyn, now 16-months-old, has cerebral palsy, permanent brain damage and is legally blind, according to his mother. She also says he is seeing a little better.
During Friday’s arraignment, Ballou pleaded not guilty to the charges. The judge also denied his request for a reduction in bond.
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Nicholas "Nick" Ballou, 24, of Louisa, Ky., was arrested at a home along Wallow Hole Road in Elliott County. He was arrested without incident and is now in Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
Ballou was indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury.
The charges stem from an incident on Aug. 11, 2011, when Ballou was home alone with his 2-month-old son. According to Kentucky State Police, the child suffered multiple skull fractures and brain injuries.
The mother of the child told WSAZ.com that the child now has cerebral palsy, permanent brain damage and is blind.
It was a father home alone with his then 2-month-old son. He says there was an accident.
But, after a lengthy police investigation, a grand jury handed down a felony child assault and abuse indictment last Friday. And for little Landyn's mother, there's a cry for justice for a child who's life was changed forever that August 2011 day.
Amy Ballou says right after they had their first child Madison, her now ex-husband Nick Ballou changed.
“The person he said he was wasn't who he really was,” Amy said.
Amy says that day a year ago at their home along Old Lick Creek Road in Louisa, Nick called her to say that then 2-month-old Landyn had choked on his baby bottle.
“He was navy blue and barely even alive -- he had three skull fractures,” Amy said.
Nick never called 911.
Those injuries came along with what police say was severe brain trauma.
Now, Amy says Landyn has developed cerebral palsy, that he is blind and will need and get loving, lifelong care.
“Landyn will never have his life back; his father doesn't deserve any sort of life either," Amy said.
Kentucky State Police say after last Fridays felony child abuse and assault charges were filed, the 24-year-old suspect became a fugitive -- and is on the run.
Amy says Nick did not abuse drugs or alcohol, just his temper and her son. She says it may have occurred from right after Landyn's birth.
“He had two rib fractures when he was 6-weeks-old," Amy said. "I hope he never has any other kids to where he could possibly hurt them again because he apparently can not control what he does.”
Amy says she doesn't know what happened when Nick was last alone with Landyn. But, she says a baby can’t get three skull fractures and it is an accident -- and a grand jury agreed.
If you have any information that might help investigators locate Nick Ballou, you're asked to call the Kentucky State Police Ashland post or your county 911 center.
A Lawrence County Grand Jury indicted Nicholas Ballou, 24, of Louisa, with felony child assault and abuse.
The charge stems from an incident on Aug. 11, 2011 when Ballou was home alone with the child. According to the Kentucky State Police, the child suffered multiple skull fractures and brain injuries.
The mother of the child tells WSAZ.com that the child now has cerebral palsy, permanent brain damage and is blind.
Deputies are currently searching for Ballou.
If you have any information on where Ballou may be, please call the Kentucky State Police or your local 911 center.
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