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 penis bled, Monroe police reported.
At that point, Belardo said he "just lost control," and added the boy "looked as if he meant to do it," court papers said.
The 6-foot tall, 195-pound man said he hit one boy three times with an open hand, "but the amount of serious injury and bruising to both 22-month olds was consistent with the possible use of the tire pump itself," police wrote.
The man blamed his reaction on drugs. Belardo said he injected heroin three times during the day, including within two hours of the alleged attack on the boys, according to court papers.
Belrado was taken to a hospital to have his injury evaluated before being booked into jail.
The children were taken to Valley General Hospital in Monroe for evaluation, Monroe police spokeswoman Debbie Willis said.
Willis said the boys' mother immediately called police. She was gone less than 35 minutes. "It doesn't appear she was gone long," Willis said.
Child Protective Services has been notified. Police took the bike tire pump as evidence.
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