Injuries to boy, 4, lead to arrest of Medford man

A Medford man has been arrested on Measure 11 assault and other charges related to injuries sustained by a 4-year-old boy.

Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies on Friday arrested James Douglas Coffman, 25, on a single charge each of first-, second-, and third-degree assault, and a charge of first-degree criminal mistreatment. Coffman also was charged with possessing heroin, said Sgt. Nate Sickler.

Coffman's multiple charges stem from an investigation into a June 5 report of an injured 4-year old child. Deputies responded to the 160 block of Northridge Terrace in Medford in the early evening after a 911 call was placed on behalf of the injured child, Sickler said.

The child's paternal grandfather stopped at the residence to check on the little boy and discovered he was unresponsive, he said.

"He had sustained head trauma and some other injuries," Sickler said.

The child initially was taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center before being transported to Doernbecher Children's Hospital for further treatment because of the serious nature of the injuries, he said.

"He was just not waking up," Sickler said.

The investigation showed the child had been in the care of Coffman, who is not related to the boy. The child's mother was in the Jackson County Jail on unrelated charges, Sickler said.

The investigation also determined that the boy had received multiple injuries that could have occurred over a two-week period, he said. There was no evidence that medical care was ever sought for the child by the suspect or the child's mother, Sickler said.

The boy's condition has improved, Sickler said. The child was returned to RRMC, he added, but it is unclear whether the boy has been released from the hospital.

"He is still in care as far as I know," Sickler said.

During the investigation, two search warrants were served and Coffman was found to be in possession of heroin, he said.

Coffman also had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court on issues related to a second-degree reckless driving charge. His bail is set at just over $2 million.

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