Man charged in Bullitt Co. abuse case is fmr. New Albany Police officer

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 25 at 6:23 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A former New Albany Police officer is facing charges of child abuse and neglect.

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Department says Elizabeth Hurst and her boyfriend, 24-year-old Charles Bowman abused and neglected Hurst's two-year-old son. Bowman is a former NAPD officer.

According to deputies, last week workers at Today's Kids Childcare in Shepherdsville noticed the toddler's injuries and called CPS. The sheriff's department says the child had a fractured skull, a black eye and marks and bruises over his body.

This isn't the first time Bowman has faced charges. In 2010 he was charged with battering a child in a store parking lot in Clarksville. WHAS11spoke to his lawyer at the time, Larry Wilder. Wilder says the evidence did not prove Bowman actually harmed the child, so the charges were dropped. That same year, Bowman was hired as a probationary police officer in New Albany. According to the spokesperson for the police department Bowman was identified as a problem employee after an investigation into a domestic disturbance at his home. Once the investigation was over, Bowman was terminated.

WHAS11 reached out to Bowman's current attorney, but he says they will not comment until after Bowman's first court appearance in August.

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