GREAT FALLS – Timothy Michael Garland of Great Falls has been charged with felony count of assault on a minor.

According to court documents, in late January, police officers responded to a report of a 4-month old child at Benefis hospital suffering from a brain bleed.

During the investigation, detectives talked with Garland, who told them that he was carrying the child when the dog laid behind him, causing him to trip and fall.

Garland said that the child hit his head on his shoulder area, and after trying to calm the child down, decided to take him to the hospital.

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Detectives determined that the injuries were inconsistent with Garland’s statements, noting that the child also had bruises on his leg, cheeks, and abdomen.