Nova Scotia

Attempted murder charge dropped in infant abuse case

An attempted murder charge has been dropped against a 23-year-old Nova Scotia father whose two-month-old baby son was hospitalized in March with severe injuries.

An attempted murder charge has been dropped against a 23-year-old Nova Scotia father whose two-month-old baby son was hospitalized in March with severe injuries.

James Joseph Robert Pumphrey, of Hilden, was in Truro provincial court on Wednesday when the Crown attorney made the motion to drop the charge.

Pumphrey is still charged with aggravated assault in the case. He is free on bail and is scheduled to enter a plea on that charge on July 6.

The infant was rushed to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax on March 22 with severe brain and rib injuries. He was later listed in stable condition.

Pumphrey, his infant son, James, his common-law wife and her four-year-old son, lived in an apartment in Hilden.

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