University Place police are looking to arrest a man accused of severely injuring his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son and concocting a false rape story to explain the injuries to officers.
Christopher Julian Landrie, 25, is charged with first-degree assault of a child, and there is a warrant for his arrest.
Charging papers give this account:
Landrie, his girlfriend and her 5-year-old boy showed up about 4 a.m. Jan. 19. at Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma, with the boy’s 6-year-old sister and 1-year-old brother in tow. The 5-year-old was covered with bruises and was bleeding in the brain. He was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center for emergency surgery.
The boy’s doctor said he had a blood clot on the side of his brain.
The three children were taken into protective custody and police spoke with Landrie.
He told them the boy’s mother had awakened him, hysterical, to say she had been assaulted. He gave vague responses to questions about what happened. Asked about the boy’s bruises, Landrie said “he did not like the way the interview was going and asked if they were done,” then left, charging papers state.
Child Protective Services had two reports in 2013 that Landrie abused the boy, both of which were deemed unfounded, officers learned.
The boy’s mother told police she had taken the boy for a drive at 3 a.m. because she couldn’t sleep. She said her car broke down and three men assaulted them. She said she was raped and the boy must have been attacked at the same time.
Police questioned her account, as the mother was uninjured and her clothes and hair were unruffled.
She then said Landrie had gotten mad at her and had told the kids to clean their room, which she said the boy didn’t like to do. Ladrie yelled at the boy to help his sister and spanked him, the woman said.
She said she went to bed, and when she woke up, the boy told her his head hurt, so she took him to the hospital.
Speaking with detectives four days later, she said her rape report was false, and that Landrie had come up with the story.
Asked again about the boy’s injuries, she said she went into her room after she and Landrie had been arguing and heard him yell at the child. She heard someone fall in the other room, and found Landrie telling the boy he needed to listen.
When she asked Landrie what had happened, he told her the boy didn’t listen, she said.
From the other room, she heard someone fall again. She said she told Landrie to leave her children alone, then heard the boy scream.
Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268