Right after he was featured on "Washington’s Most Wanted" last Friday night, Tacoma Police arrested a man accused of abusing his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son. Officer Loretta Cool with Tacoma Police says Christopher Landrie was caught thanks to tips to their department from viewers. The University Place man allegedly beat the young boy so badly that his brain was bleeding. On Jan. 19, doctors at Allenmore Hospital performed emergency surgery to relieve the pressure.
Detectives say the little boy is the son of Landrie’s girlfriend who at first made up a story that he was injured when she was attacked by three men and raped on the side of the road. She eventually came clean and said Landrie told her what to say. Pierce County Detective Ed Troyer says, “This case is even more complicated because we had to go through lies and stories that mom told about a fake attack at 3:00 in the morning on her and her kids, when it turns out to be her boyfriend. We’ve now gotten through it, identified him and he has been charged.”
In court documents, the boy’s mom says Landrie abused her son because he wouldn’t listen after he told him to clean his room. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Landrie with Assault of a Child in the First Degree. Lindquist says, “Nothing is more maddening and more incomprehensible than an adult assaulting a defenseless child.” Landrie pleaded not guilty in court Monday and is being held on $500,000 bail.