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Silverdale man jailed for abusing infant son

A 23-year-old Silverdale man is being held in Kitsap County Jail while authorities investigate the alleged abuse of his 4-month-old son.

Adam D. Peyton was booked into jail Tuesday for second- and fourth-degree assault. Bail was set at $55,000. During his initial court appearance Wednesday, Peyton was charged with second-degree assault and bail was raised to $75,000.

The infant’s mother, an active-duty member of the Navy, took her son to Naval Hospital Bremerton for a well baby check April 30, according to court documents. Doctors found six healed fractures, three in his ribs and three in his legs, along with other injuries.

The mother told a Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy that Peyton, her live-in boyfriend, is not employed and is the primary caregiver of the infant and she has not witnessed any abuse other than rough play which she objects to, according to reports. She also told the deputy that Peyton had abused her three times in the past following verbal arguments. She alleged that he pushed her to the ground, causing her to fall onto a table, bruising her thigh. She did not report any incidents to authorities.

The couple lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2006. Naval Criminal Investigate Services (NCIS) is still investigating that child’s death and the abuse of the 4-month-old.

“We’re going to continue to examine the other case as well just to make sure there are no issues,” said Lee Fritchman, special agent in charge of the Northwest NCIS field office.

Peyton told sheriff’s deputies he has played roughly with his son, but denied abusing him, according to reports. On one occasion, he tossed his son in the air and caught him by one arm, causing the infant to hit Peyton’s leg.

Peyton later told authorities he must be responsible for his son’s broken bones since he was the primary caregiver. He wanted to show his son “father hands” which are firm hands and different from a mother’s touch.

Peyton said he has an anger problem and admitted he has lost his temper several times while caring for his son.

He confessed to squeezing the 4-month-old very hard while shaking him in an effort to stop him from crying. While squeezing the infant, Peyton heard a loud pop coming from his son’s back, according to reports.

During another incident, Peyton couldn’t stop his son from crying and became frustrated. He forcefully pushed the infant’s legs and heard a popping noise. Both incidents reportedly occurred in April.

A hearing is scheduled for May 23 and the trial is scheduled to begin June 25.

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