Exeter Police announced Saturday that they have arrested a Rochester man for attempting to suffocate a 3-year-old girl.
J. Lynch, 27, a transient originally from Rochester, was charged with a felony count of first degree assault on a child.
On Friday, Exeter Police responded to investigate a report of a possible child
abuse victim at the Exeter Hospital Emergency Unit. The mother of the 3-year-old girl had brought her in due to some visible problems with her eyes.
The Exeter Police Criminal Investigation Division developed
the mother’s boyfriend, Lynch, as a strong suspect. Detectives were later able to obtain a
confession from Lynch detailing the assault, which contained periods of brief
suffocation of the child.
currently being held at the Rockingham County Jail on $250,000 cash bail and will be arraigned on Monday.