PORTSMOUTH -- Twenty-one-year-old Matthew Strawn is accused of assaulting his newborn son in the hospital.
The baby was in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. February 1, hospital staff staff spotted bruises on the 11-day-old's back and face and called police. They said they found the marks while Strawn visited with his son in room that adjoins the NICU.
Following an investigation, officers charged Strawn with Felony Child Abuse and Felonious Assault.
Rebecca Perron is a spokeswoman for the medical center and told 13News Strawn has an administrative role at the health clinic at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. NMCP operates the clinic, which is located just inside Gate 10 at the the shipyard which is located along Portsmouth Boulevard.
The incident was investigated by Portsmouth Police, Special Victims Detectives, and Child Protective Services, along with Naval Criminal Investigative Services.
Strawn was released from jail Tuesday. Neither he nor his wife were at their home late in the day. A neighbor said he was not staying there and that he is not allowed within 500 feet of his wife or son who was released from the hospital several days ago.