Leader Of Ministry Charged With Abusing Child

August 15, 2018 - 8:29 am

MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTIC and AP) - The leader of a home-based ministry in Connecticut has been charged with abusing the baby son of two of his followers.  

The Hartford Courant reports that Robert Nichols was charged Friday with first-degree assault, intentional cruelty, and injury to children. He posted $150,000 bail and is scheduled in court Sept. 5.  

In an arrest warrant released Tuesday, a witness told investigators that Nichols, leader of Manchester-based Word of Faith Ministries, labeled the boy ``rebellious,'' struck his head on the floor repeatedly, placed him in ice water and sprayed water in his face.  

Police were alerted in October 2013 after a doctor determined that the then 1-year-old boy had life-threatening head injuries.  

Nichols' attorney said his client is innocent and questioned why it took so long for the witness to come forward.

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