Man brutally beats 4-year-old boy, says he hopes they can ‘be friends’: Cops

Arizona police have arrested a man and accused him of brutally beating a 4-year-old boy, as reported by ABC 15.

Steven Darrell Nelson, 25, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend’s son following an incident three weeks earlier in which the unidentified child was taken to the emergency room with multiple life-threatening injuries.

Doctors at Phoenix Children’s Hospital said the boy was admitted with a broken arm, broken leg, lacerated liver, bowel perforation, “multiple areas of hair loss from hair being pulled out by the roots,” and multiple bruises. He has been in the hospital continuously since the original incident or incidents.

Court paperwork has also indicated that his injuries “are consistent with non-accidental trauma,” according to a transcript provided by AZFamily.

Police have not updated the press on the 4-year-old’s current condition except to say that he is still recovering.

The victim allegedly told investigators that “Steven hurt me” when he was interviewed at the hospital.

Authorities said that Nelson admitted to the beatings but said they were in a “playful manner” and that “he hopes one day they could be friends,” as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 25-year-old has been issued a bond of $50,000 for the child abuse charge.

He will head to court on March 28 for a status conference, and then again on March 30 for a preliminary hearing. It is unclear if he has received legal counsel and he has yet to enter a plea.

Detectives have not charged the boy’s mother with any crime.

[Featured Image: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office]