By Frank Lewis

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A West Portsmouth man has been indicted by a Scioto County grand jury on eight counts of endangering children in the beating of a child. Kameron Gallimore, 19, has also been indicted on four counts of felonious assault.

In September, the Portsmouth Police Department reported a 21-month-old child they say suffered extreme injuries as the result of a beating by an adult. Gallimore, the boyfriend of the child’s mother, was arrested in the case.

Officers said they were contacted by a Scioto County Children Services case investigator who informed police that custody had been taken of a 21-month-old male child that appeared to be suffering from both internal and external injuries.

The Children Services investigator said that after initial examination by a local physician, the child had been transported directly to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and taken to surgery. The child was reportedly treated for a laceration to the liver, swelling of his testicles and a broken femur. The child also had bruising between his toes.

Portsmouth Police Operations Captain Lynn Brewer said the examination of the infant determined that the femur fracture appeared to be a new injury but the child also had older fractures to his ribs that had already healed.

During the investigation officers developed Gallimore as the suspect. He was picked up by officers and taken to the station for questioning. He was subsequently arrested and charged.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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