Assault charge dropped in boy’s fatal beating

Jan 29, 2012, 8:51 PM

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts judge has dismissed assault charges against the fiancee of a man accused of fatally beating his 7-year-old son on Father’s Day 2009.

The judge said there was insufficient evidence to pursue assault charges against 31-year-old Tiffany Hyman, who still awaits trial on charges of reckless endangerment and being an accessory after the fact.

Prosecutors say Hyman failed to intervene when Leslie Schuler allegedly inflicted a fatal beating on his 7-year-old son on June 23, 2009. The boy, Nathaniel Turner, had come to Massachusetts from his home in Eufaula, Ala., about a month earlier to spend the summer with his father.

The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reports (
http://bit.ly/A2j5Av) a judge has approved an attorney’s request for separate trials for Hyman and Schuler. No trial dates have been set.

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Assault charge dropped in boy’s fatal beating