Mother claims 2-year-old abused by man facing child abuse charges


by Bryan Baker

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 27 at 3:29 AM

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The mother of a 2-year-old claims her child was abused by the same man who now faces child abuse charges in Bullitt County. Charles Bowman was briefly a New Albany Police Officer before he was fired for being a "problem employee."

Bowman and his former live-in girlfriend Elizabeth Hurst are charged with child abuse and child neglect, after Hurst's 2-year-old son was found with a fractured skull, black eye, and bruises at the day care he attended, Today's Kids Childcare in Shepherdsville earlier in July.

Another mother, who says she dated Bowman in 2010, says he abused her then 10-week-old daughter outside of a Wal-Mart parking lot. Those charges were dropped by Clark County, Ind. prosecutors.

The woman made a midnight trip to buy baby formula with Bowman and her daughter. While she was inside the store she says Bowman called from the car to say the girl wasn't breathing.

"They had her up in intensive care and her arm had a little splint with little IVs in them, and one of the forensic specialists came down and said somebody had hurt her," remembers the mother, who didn't want to be identified. "He said it was either me or it was him, and I wasn't even in the car with her."

Her daughter had a seizure, hemorrhaging, and brain bleeding, but there wasn't enough evidence for the battery charge against Bowman to hold.

"It was determined that when the child appeared at the medical facility, the injury that the child exhibited could have happened up to days before the child appeared," said Larry Wilder, Bowman's attorney in the 2010 case.

But the mother still holds onto her opinion that the baby was injured in the car because of Bowman.

"I know it in my heart, I know it happened that night," said the mother. "A mother knows when there's something wrong with her baby, and she was fine until then."
She's a healthy 2-year old girl now, but Bowman will appear in court in August to face the new charges of abuse of the 2-year-old boy.
Bowman was a New Albany police officer from March to July in 2010. Police released this statement about his past, during which he was a student at the police academy.

"(Bowman) was identified as a problem employee after an investigation into a reported domestic dispute at Bowman's home June 27, 2010. At the completion of that investigation, Bowman's employment with the department was terminated."

One month later the alleged abuse occurred in Clark County before the charges were dropped.
Joe Mills, Bowman's attorney in this current case, says Bowman denies the charges, is reviewing the case, and looks forward to reviewing the medical report that Bullitt County authorities say tells them the little boy's injury was not a slip and fall.