BARSTOW - A judge has ruled there is enough evidence to try a Fort Irwin soldier on a felony charge of child abuse in the alleged beating of his 13-day-old baby.

Corey Poole, 23, was present Thursday for a preliminary hearing in Barstow Superior Court where Judge Miriam I. Morton heard testimony from a deputy with the San Bernardino County sheriff's Crimes Against Children Unit.

In June, 13 days after the baby was born, the mother went to a hospital for an undisclosed illness and left the baby alone with Poole for several hours, authorities said.

"He had been the sole person with the baby for the previous seven hours," said Deputy District Attorney Shannon Faherty.

The baby was later found to be bleeding from the nose and mouth, she said. The baby had broken limbs, several leg fractures and bleeding in the brain.

The doctor who examined the baby said there were fresh injuries consistent with child abuse, Faherty said.

Poole has pleaded not guilty. He says he placed the baby on a changing table and the baby pushed itself up and fell off .

A prosecutor's witness testified Thursday that Poole's accounts do not add up.

"The detective, who saw the changing table, said the fall would have only been 8 inches onto foam padding," Faherty said. "And a baby at 13 days old would be unable to role itself over."

Authorities said Poole's story was inconsistent with the baby's injuries.

Poole was arrested in October after Fort Irwin handed the investigation off to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office. He posted bail and had been out of custody for previous hearings.

But after Thursday's preliminary hearing, Morton increased Poole's bail to $200,000 and he was remanded into custody.

Poole, who remains on active military duty, is scheduled back in court on Jan. 28. In addition to the child abuse charge, he faces a special allegation of great bodily injury to a victim under 5 years old.

The baby is in protective custody and away from the family, Faherty said.


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