PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – The man who was accused of forcing a five-year-old girl to smoke marijuana, beating her and biting her was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison.
Marquise Rashad Harris-Hill accepted a plea deal early this year. He will serve the two years in prison and be on five years of probation. He also repaid $2,000 in restitution to CARES NW and $6,000 to a bicyclist who Hill injured during an unrelated hit-and-run incident.
As part of the plea agreement, he admitted he beat his girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter with a belt and that he bit her in her stomach area. Hill pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree assault. Prosecutors dismissed the charges that accused him of forcing the girl to smoke pot.
Hill was arrested after a Multnomah County grand jury indicted him in May 2014 on charges of first-degree criminal mistreatment, third-degree assault, unlawful application of a controlled substance to the body of another person, unlawfully causing another person to ingest a controlled substance and unlawful delivery of marijuana to a minor.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, an anonymous caller reported that they could hear a child being beaten in a nearby apartment.
Officers met with Harris who allowed police into the apartment to check on the child, court documents state. The girl was found sobbing, wearing only underwear and standing in the corner, court documents state. The girl’s head had been shaved, police said.
Police immediately noticed the child “has visible bruises all around her torso,” including her chest, deputy district attorney Ryan Lufkin wrote in court documents.
A belt was seized as evidence after police found “welts” across the child’s arm, court documents state. Investigators said the child told them that she had been hit with the belt.
Lufkin described the belt as heavy, “with metal protrusions” throughout. Other officers described it as a “studded belt.”
Harris said the he “whipped the child at the direction of the mother,” court documents state. No criminal charges have been filed against the child’s mother.
When investigators at a Portland child abuse assessment center interviewed the girl, they learned that she was struck with the belt because she didn’t brush her teeth, court documents state. The child also told staff at the assessment center that Harris had “forced her to smoke marijuana,” Lufkin wrote in court documents.
Ultimately, the district attorney’s office dismissed the charges that accuse Hill of forcing the child to smoke marijuana. Officials with Fairview police, the agency that investigated the case, said they still believe Hill forced the girl to smoke the marijuana.