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Man, Woman Charged With Assaulting Boy, 13

A school resource officer learned that the boy had been beaten with a belt and launched an investigation.

Robert Anderson. Photo courtesy of the Naugatuck Police Department
Robert Anderson. Photo courtesy of the Naugatuck Police Department

A Naugatuck man is accused of physically abusing a 13-year-old boy who lives in his house to the point where the boy had noticeable bruising all over his body, police say.

Robert Anderson, 46, of 127 Kingswood Drive, is charged with two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of risk of injury to a child, second-degree reckless endangerment and intentional cruelty to persons. Anderson's exact relationship to the boy could not immediately be verified Friday.

Police say a Naugatuck public school resource officer was notified that the boy was being assault with a belt at his home. The officer investigated and noticed the boy had several bruises on his arms, lower back, thighs and wrists, according to a police report.

“The bruising was caused by a belt which Robert Anderson struck the juvenile with,” the police report states.

Police say Iryna Anderson, 30, who also lives in the house, was present during the alleged assaults. She was charged with risk of injury to a child.

They were arrested Monday and appeared at Waterbury Superior Court on Tuesday; police released the report on Friday. Both were released on $5,000 court set surety bonds. The case was referred to a family relation’s officer and the case was continued to Dec. 31, according to Judicial Branch records. They did not enter a plea.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families is investigating. 

Naugatuck Patch left a message at the Anderson home seeking comment on Friday.  

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