2 charged with assaulting Galena child

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Police in Galena have arrested two teenagers accused of holding down a 5-year-old boy and shoving gravel and dirt in his mouth.

The 18-year-old men, Trevor John Settle and Alexander Bede Solomon, are charged with felony assault.

Galena police Chief John Millan received a call from the boy's mother about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.

She reported the child had been assaulted at the public basketball courts in the Yukon River community 270 miles west of Fairbanks.

Millan says the teens acknowledged roughing up the child but denied shoveling gravel into his mouth.

The child was treated at the Nollner Clinic in Galena.

Settle and Solomon were arraigned Wednesday.

Bail was set at $2,500 each, and they were jailed at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

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