Nova Scotia

Man charged in baby assault released on bail

A man accused of injuring his six-week-old child has been released on $2,000 bail after appearing in a Halifax court today for his bail hearing.

A man accused of injuring his six-week-old child has been released on $2,000 bail after appearing in Halifax court today for his bail hearing.

Phillip Jason Bowden, 37, of Halifax arrived at the court house after 12 p.m., using a book to shield his face from cameras.

The baby was brought to the IWK Health Centre with life-threatening injuries on Monday. Police later laid charges against Bowden, the baby's father.

He faces several bail conditions, including an order to stay away from his son and the baby's mother.

His lawyer, Lyle Howe, says the judge was fair when deciding to release Bowden.

"Not only is he entitled to the presumption of innocence, but he's entitled to reasonable bail," said Howe. "That's what we put forward, a reasonable bail plan, so I'm happy to see that he got it."

Bowden is charged with aggravated assault and failing to provide the necessities of life.

The child remains in hospital.

Bowden is scheduled to be back in court Sept. 17.

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