ITHACA, NY (WENY) -- Police say a 3-year-old child is recovering after suffering significant injuries at the hand of his father.

Joshua Barnes is behind bars in Tompkins County after an investigation leading to his arrest.

In October, officers began investigating assault accusations made against the 21-year-old.

Police determined the child sustained multiple contusions while in the custody of his father.

The 3-year-old was taken to the hospital for treatment.

After denying any involvement, police say Barnes fled to Baltimore, Maryland.

He was later arrested and extradited back to New York, where he was charged with Assault in the second degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.