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Man sexually abused 18-month old stepson


Police say an 18-month-old boy is sexually assaulted by his own stepfather. First responders say the one and a half year old had been severely beaten.

27-year-old Matthew Hyrup is accused of committing assault and sexual penetration while the boy's mother was away from home. Matthew and Stefani have only been married two weeks when police say he committed a "brutal assault" on that toddler.

Police say the 24-year-old mother came home after being away for a few hours and called for medical help for the baby boy. First responders found multiple internal and external injuries and evidence of sexual assault - that's when police became involved.

The young boy was flown to Doernbecher's Children Hospital in Portland. He is now in critical, but stable condition and medical experts are looking into whether this was the first time the child has been abused. Police say, based on the severity of this particular assault, they do not believe there are other victims.

Records show Hyrup has been convicted of multiple felony methamphetamine delivery and possession charges, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and driving with a suspended license.

Hyrup remains in Jackson County Jail after being arrested Thursday on first-degree assault and first-degree sexual penetration charges, both of which are Measure 11 crimes. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.