A Revere police detective is facing charges that he physically abused a 5-year-old child.
Marcos R. Garcia, 32, of Saugus, was arrested Saturday by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. He is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a child causing injury.
The district attorney said someone at the child’s school noticed the injuries.
Prosecutors said they were prepared to arraign Garcia on Tuesday morning, but the bail commissioner bailed him for an appearance on Thursday afternoon in Chelsea District Court.
The district attorney's office said the 5-year-old was known to Garcia but is not being identified by name or gender due to privacy concerns. The child is in the custody of a family member.
According to the Daily Iteam, Garcia received a medal for heroism from Revere’s mayor 8 months ago and has been with the Revere Police department since 2013.
The mayor of Revere said a second officer is also on leave from the department, but authorities are not saying what that officer’s connection to the case may be.
In a statement, Revere Mayor Brian M. Arrigo said the officer have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
No further information was immediately available.