Boyfriend charged with strangling 4-year-old

Hugo Leonardo Avilez-Guzman, 26, was arrested by Lebanon police after the investigation began.

Hugo Avilez-Guzman, July 10, 2014 (Lebanon Police Dept)
Hugo Avilez-Guzman, July 10, 2014 (Lebanon Police Dept)

LEBANON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A mother’s live-in boyfriend is charged with strangling her 4-year-old son on Monday.

Hugo Leonardo Avilez-Guzman, 26, was arrested by Lebanon police after the investigation began.

The boy was taken to a hospital in Lebanon on Monday, and hospital officials called police. The boy was flown to Doernbecker’s Children’s Hospital in Portland for treatment.

The boy’s grandmother told KOIN 6 News he is OK and expected to be released from the hospital soon.

Neighbors told KOIN 6 News they never expected anything was wrong and saw the family at a 4th of July event.

Avilez-Guzman faces strangulation and first-degree assault charges and remains in the Linn County Jail.

KOIN 6 News will have more information later.

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