Tacoma man accused of putting drugs in his infant son’s bottle pleads not guilty to assault

Pleas of not guilty were entered Friday on behalf of a Tacoma man accused of putting a drug used as a painkiller and sedative into his 5-month-old son’s bottle.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Scott Rasmus, 34, with one count of first-degree child assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Police called to Rasmus’ home on South Monroe Street in February to investigate a stolen-car complaint found his wife there seeking help for their son, court records show.

Rasmus had been alone with the child for some time before his wife came home, prosecutors said. The boy had purple hands, a bump on his head and an abrasion on his jaw.

He was taken to the hospital, where doctors discovered two broken ribs.

It also appeared to police that the boy had been drugged. Toxicology tests later determined his bottle contained ethanol and the drug ketamine, the records show.

“The medications caused him to decrease his breathing and almost die,” prosecutors wrote in charging papers.

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