Man accused of attack on toddler named

The 39-year-old man charged with assaulting two-year-old Masterton toddler Caleb Skinner can now be named.

Jason Mark Sutherland, a Masterton orchard worker, also faces new charges of assault against a different child and breaching a protection order to physically abuse the child.

In Masterton District Court today, police prosecutor Sergeant Garry Wilson indicated the charge of assault on Caleb would be withdrawn and replaced with a more serious charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

This charge carries a maximum 14 year imprisonment sentence.

No pleas were entered on the charges.

Sutherland was remanded in custody by consent until April 10.

 

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