A Minneapolis man faces first-degree assault charges stemming from allegations that he violently assaulted his girlfriend's toddler, KARE-TV reported.
Eric Paul Boone, 22, is accused of attacking the 21-month-old victim on Oct. 26 in Minneapolis. Investigators said the victim -- a girl -- faces life as a possible quadriplegic and may need a permanent tracheotomy.
According to the Pioneer Press, police said the toddler was thrown "like a sack of potatoes" on a bed and has a cervical spinal cord injury. Paramedics reportedly observed indications of swelling and bruising around the victim's eye, chin and around her neck.
Boone reportedly is not the child's biological father and was watching over her during the time of the alleged incident.
The man initially denied any wrongdoing, but three days later admitted to police officials that he became angry when the child squirmed out his arms and fell as he was walking with her downstairs at the place of the alleged attack.