Trevor Perry, 28, of North Platte, appeared in county court Thursday for a preliminary hearing on a charge of domestic assault and another charge of violating the terms of his bond.
Perry is charged with assaulting his 61-year-old step-mother May 16.
The alleged assault occured less than a week after the May 6 near-drowning of three-year-old Landon Schroeder. Perry was fishing with the child at a small lake on the east side of North Platte.
The charge of child abuse has not been answered yet. His preliminary hearing was recently postponed at the request of his defense attorney to allow more time to take statements and gather information.
Perry was arrested May 10 in the near-drowning. The required 10 percent of the $150,000 bond was paid the same day and Perry was released.
But a few days later, he got in trouble again. According to a police report, a woman in the 300 block of West First said her step-son Trevor assaulted her in the early evening May 16.
Police said Perry and his step-mother shared the home, and the woman said Perry was trying to drive and was either intoxicated or under the influence of something. His step-mother tried to talk him out of it and offered to give him a ride but Perry refused. When she tried to take Perry's keys, he bit her on the arm, causing visible injury, then drove off, police said.
Police found Perry a short time later. His vehicle was parked in the 1500 block of West 10th, where he was arrested with no trouble. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, police said.
The charge of bond violation was bound over to district court, where Perry will enter a plea. The charge of domestic assault is still pending, along with the child abuse charge.
Defense attorney Patrick Hays asked that Perry’s $500,000 be reduced by half. He said he did not expect that his client would be able to pay it.
With no objection from Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jennifer Wellan, County Judge Michael Piccolo reduced Perry's latest bond from $500,000 to $250,000.
Perry would also have to come up with $150,000 on the first bond before he could be released.