Nova Scotia

N.S. man in court for attempted murder of baby

A 23-year-old Nova Scotia man appeared in Truro provincial court Monday charged with the attempted murder of his two-month-old son.

A 23-year-old Nova Scotia man appeared in Truro provincial court Monday charged with the attempted murder of his two-month-old baby son.

James Joseph Robert Pumphrey, of Hilden, was charged Friday after his baby was admitted to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax on March 22 with severe brain and rib injuries.

Pumphrey was remanded back to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth until a bail hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

His lawyer asked the judge to either place his client in segregation or  transfer him to another correctional facility because Pumphrey has been subjected to extreme abuse at the jail.

He said Pumphrey has had excrement and garbage thrown at him and his life has been threatened.

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

Outside court, his brother didn't want to talk about the charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault.

But, an acquaintance of Pumphrey's said he's baffled by the charges.

"He was a happy guy, he was fine. I never every seen him argue with anybody let alone do anything like that," said Justin, who only gave his first name.

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