Man appears in court on suspicion of abusing month-old child

The father of a one-month-old child was charged with abuse Friday after doctors found the baby had multiple leg fractures.

Alex Tyler Halseth, 21, appeared before Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace David Carter on two counts of felony assault on a minor.

Carter ordered Halseth held in place of a $50,000 bond.

Halseth’s public defender said Halseth is a veteran and 20-year resident of Billings.

On Thursday, the one-month-old was taken to St. Vincent Healthcare by a babysitter who noticed bruises on the boy’s face and a cut in his mouth, according to court documents. Doctors later found the baby had at least four leg fractures, including fractures to the baby’s femur bones, according to court documents.

Billings police interviewed both Halseth and the baby’s mother and determined Halseth may have caused the injuries several days earlier. Halseth told police it was not his intent to hurt the baby, according to court documents.