A Billings man has pleaded not guilty to an accusation that he abused a child.
Scott Alan Siemers, 27, was charged with felony assault on a minor and entered his plea Monday in Yellowstone County District Court.
The charge stems from a police investigation that began on Jan. 30, when Billings police were called to the Billings Clinic to examine a 7-year-old child.
The child was in the emergency room with his grandparents, who relayed the story to police, charges state.
One grandparent said that on the day before, she picked up the child crying on the front steps of his house, according to court documents. The child said he had a hard time breathing and that Siemers "hurt me. He stepped on me," charges state.
The grandparents took the child to the hospital for examination. A doctor prescribed ibuprofen and Tylenol.
In a forensic interview with a Child Protective Services caseworker, the child said that Siemers put his foot on his "heart," making it hard to breathe, charges state.
Siemers and the child's mother declined to speak with officers, according to court documents.
District Judge Russell Fagg allowed Siemers to remain out of jail. Future court dates have yet to be set.