Man accused of strangling 4-year-old boy

LEBANON, Ore. - A 4-year-old boy remains in a Portland hospital while his mother's live-in boyfriend faces accusations he strangled the child.

Hugo Leonardo Avilez, 26, faces charges of Assault in the First Degree and Strangulation.

The investigation started July 7 when Lebanon Community Hospital staff contacted police about the boy's injuries.

Officers responded and made contact with the family, including the mother of the victim.

The child was flown to Doernbecher's Children Hospital in Portland due to the severity of the injuries.

Detectives interviewed family and friends of the victim.

Based on the investigation and statements made by the suspect, poice arrested Avilez on July 10.

Other family members continue to be cooperative with the law enforcement and Department of Human Services.

If anyone has any information regarding this case. please contact Detective Justin McCubbins at (541) 258-4346.