A 23-year-old Gladstone man, accused of abusing a four-year-old boy, was in Delta County District Court on Wednesday.
Allen Joseph Brunette is charged with two counts of child abuse and a third count of domestic violence, third offense.
According to officials, the boy was assaulted by Brunette who was his mother's live-in boyfriend.
The abuse allegedly happened when the boy's mother was at work overnight. A nurse from OSF St. Fancis Hospital says she observed very serious bruising on the child when he was brought in.
The preliminary hearing was extended. The county prosecutor has not yet set a date.