SALEM, Mass. - Prosecutors allege a man living in a Massachusetts hotel put hot sauce in the mouth of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son and then taped it shut.
Christopher Delcid was held on $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday to assault and battery on a child and child abandonment.
Police responded to the hotel after getting a call from a relative concerned about the child.
The Salem News reports that Delcid's lawyer said his client has alternate explanations for the toddler's injuries.
Police are also reportedly seeking charges against the child's mother, Katherine Rodriguez, for child abandonment and permitting injury to a child.