SPOKANE, Wash. -- Bail was set at $150,000 for the man arrested in connection to the kidnapping and sexual assault of a two-year old boy. Court records filed Friday indicated that the toddler had injuries consistent with a sexually assault.
Richard Welch, 55, appeared before a judge in Spokane Friday. Welch's public defender said Welch has a limited income and it would be impossible for him to post such a high bail. The judge, however, agreed to set the $150,000 bail, stating the crime authorities accuse Welch of committing falls under the definition of violent offense.
Welch was arrested Wednesday.
Police said they believe Welch took the child from the boy's home to his home at the All Season’s Motel in Airway Heights. Welch eventually took the child with him to an Airway Heights convenience store, according to investigators. Police said Welch then left the child with a clerk. A convenience store clerk called 911 to report the suspicious activity around 4:36 a.m.
Welch said he was driving by when he saw a child sitting on the side of the road. He told police it looked like a 7-year-old girl. He said the child wanted his help, so he took the boy to his apartment and gave him some cookies and milk. He said he did not do anything wrong.
According to court documents, a child abuse expert examined the boy and discovered he had injuries consistent with a sexual assault. Court papers stopped short of naming Welch as the person responsible, but officers collected DNA samples from him for testing.
Police said there is no indication the victim or parents had any prior involvement with Welch.
Police said Welch had a lengthy criminal past including indecent exposure, domestic violence and assault.
He is charged with First Degree Kidnapping but could face additional charges in the case.