Former Firefighter, Paramedic Charged With Burning, Bruising 22-Month-Old Child


UPDATED: Saturday March 2, 2013 1:23 PM

A man who saved lives for a living is accused of abusing a 22-month-old child.

The girl was at a daycare center Thursday when employees noticed injuries and called police.

Court records obtained by 10TV said the girl had "dark bruising in both ears, burns on her hands, chest and shoulder, bruises on her back, arms and buttocks."

The girl was taken to the hospital where a doctor ruled her injuries the result of "intentional child abuse".     

Sheriff's Detectives interviewed the child's mother and the mother's boyfriend, 27-year-old Terry Hoffer, Junior.

Detectives arrested Hoffer on felonious assault charges in connection with the child’s injuries.

Hoffer worked as a firefighter and paramedic at the Heath Fire Department for three years.
     
He resigned in 2010 after crashing a medic and then testing positive for marijuana.
     
Still, those who worked with him called him a good guy and a solid employee.
     
They said they are stunned by the allegations against him.

Hoffer appeared in court Friday, where prosecutors told a judge he has an open warrant from Muskingum County for passing bad checks, and that his girlfriend said he uses Oxycodone.

The judge ordered him held on $100,000 bond.
   
Hoffer was taken to the Licking County Justice Center.

Officials said they would continue to investigate.

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