Grafton Man Charged With Breaking 3-Year-Old Son’s Leg
A Grafton father has been charged with breaking his three-year-old son’s leg and failing to summon medical care, six months after he was indicted for allegedly causing the boy severe injuries in a drunk driving accident, according to court documents.
A Grafton Superior Court grand jury this month indicted William H. Walker IV, 44, on four charges, including three felony counts of assault, for allegedly twisting and fracturing his young son’s leg in February or March, and then failing to get medical attention for the child, according to indictments handed up recently.
Walker was already out on bail, after he was indicted in October on charges that, while driving drunk on Grafton’s Razor Hill Road in May, he slammed into a tree, leaving the boy, who was in the vehicle, with a fractured skull, according to court documents.
Walker is scheduled to appear in court today for a bail review hearing, Deputy Grafton County Attorney Melissa Pierce said in a interview yesterday. He will be arraigned on the charges May 6.
Pierce declined to comment on the health status or whereabouts of the boy, but said he is currently safe.
“He’s obviously not with the defendant,” Pierce said.
Walker’s attorney, Simon Mayo of Orford, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Walker could not be located for comment yesterday. Lebanon Circuit Court documents show that Walker was initially held in the Grafton County jail in North Haverhill in lieu of $25,000 bail, but Pierce said he had subsequently posted bail.
Pierce said prosecutors will ask a judge to increase Walker’s bail, though she did not provide specifics.
Walker faces more than 20 years maximum sentence for the alleged leg breaking incident, which allegedly occurred at his home in Grafton, and more than 15 years for the car wreck incident. After slamming into a tree, Walker was found to have an unlicensed pistol in his vehicle, according to court documents.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a tool for prosecutors to proceed with criminal cases.
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