A 25-year-old Hodgdon man will be in court later this month to face assault charges after burning a four-year-old child with hot water.

Sheriff’s Deputies arrested and charged Shane Godfrin, of Hodgdon, with one count of Class C Assault.

Aroostook County Sheriff's Office

On March 23rd, 2014 the alleged victim had been taken to Houlton Regional Hospital with severe burns on their lower legs. Sheriff’s Deputies were notified and opened a criminal investigation into the matter. Medical professionals with expertise in identifying the nature and cause of burns were also involved with the investigation. Once complete, the case was turned over to the District Attorneys’ Office, who presented the case to the grand jury.

Godfrin was indicted by the Aroostook County Grand Jury, on October 9th, 2014 and an arrest warrant was issued.

Deputies arrested Godfrin at a home in Orient, on October 16th, after he briefly attempted to flee into the home. He was taken to the Aroostook County Jail where he later posted $1,000 cash bail.

His initial appearance in Aroostook County Superior Court, in Houlton, is scheduled for October 29th.

If convicted, Godfrin faces up to five years in prison.

The offense is a Class C felony because the alleged victim is under six years old. Under Maine law, this is an aggravating factor.

If you are aware of child abuse, contact the Maine Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-452-1999 or call the Sheriff’s Office directly at 1-800-432-7842.