A Bradley man is accused of beating a toddler so severely that the child required surgery to repair a broken arm. Charged in the case is 30 year old Steven Brent Lee who is the live-in boyfriend of the boy's mother.

Sheriff's deputies were first alerted to the abuse on Thursday when the grandmother of 22 month old Caleb Walden brought him into the ER at SkyRidge Medical Center. Paramedics transferred Caleb to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital where he underwent surgery for the arm as well as treatment of a concussion, severe swelling as well as bruising and battering over his body, especially his head and face.

Sheriff Tim Gobble said, "The level of abuse against this child, shocks the conscience. This is one of the worst cases of child abuse and neglect occurring in this area for sometime. Innocent children deserve the protection of the community and I want to commend the child's grandmother for intervening and getting help for this child.

Officers took Lee into custody Thursday night at his place of employment on Urbane Road.

The child's mother, 21 year old Kimberly Renee Walden, was also taken into custody for failing to protect her son from the abuse. Members of Child Protective Services and sheriff's investigators determined that the child suffered abuse for weeks with the most severe injuries happening a few days ago.

A Bradley man is accused of beating a toddler so severely that the child required surgery to repair a broken arm. Charged in the case is 30 year old Steven Brent Lee who is the live-in boyfriend of the boy's mother.