MONROE -- Police are investigating whether a Monroe man used a tire pump to beat a pair of toddlers, one so badly the child bled.
Ivan J. Belardo, 37, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of two counts of third-degree assault early Monday morning. The arrest came after his ex-girlfriend discovered bruises on her twin 22-month-old boys.
Bail was set at $500,000 Monday.
Belardo was baby-sitting Sunday for the woman, who was dropping off a friend across town.
When she returned, the woman called 911 and reported that the boys had their diapers off and were covered with bruises. One of the toddlers had signs of bleeding from his penis, court papers said.
Belardo told police he was looking for diapers to change the boys when one of them hit him in the groin with an aluminum bicycle tire pump.
Belardo claimed the toddler hit him hard enough that his peni
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