A Menifee man accused of inflicting nearly fatal injuries on his 2-year-old son was charged today with assault on a child resulting in great bodily injury.
Cleophus Fitts Jr., 26, is slated to be arraigned this afternoon on the felony count, which could result in a sentence of 25 years to life in prison if he’s convicted.
Fitts is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
The defendant was arrested Wednesday afternoon following an investigation by Riverside County sheriff’s detectives. According to jail records, he was taken into custody while at the sheriff’s Perris station at 137 N. Perris Ave.
Fitts’ son was taken to the Menifee Valley Medical Center on Feb. 21 with major injuries to his head and neck, including brain trauma, sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Hoxmeier said.
He said doctors were suspicious and notified sheriff’s personnel, who initiated an investigation.
The toddler was later transferred to a facility that specializes in pediatric medical care and is continuing to undergo treatment, the sergeant said.
Detectives arrested Fitts on suspicion of attempted murder and torture, but prosecutors determined a lesser.