A judge set bail Wednesday, Jan. 31, at $2,000 cash for a 46-year-old Rockland man who is charged with spanking his 3-year-old son so hard that he had to be taken to the hospital.

The prosecution had sought significantly higher bail for Scott A. Kennedy on the charge of Class C felony assault against a child younger than 6 years old. The assault occurred Monday, Jan. 29, according to court paperwork.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald cited Kennedy's criminal record, which includes first-degree child molestation in another state, as reason for setting bail at $10,000 cash.

And an affidavit filed Jan. 31 in Knox County Unified Court by Rockland police indicates that New Hampshire police are investigating how the same 3-year-old boy suffered bruises around his eye Jan. 3. The boy was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for that injury.

The same affidavit states that police are investigating injuries that a man and a woman suffered at Kennedy's home in Rockland the day before the child was assaulted. The man and woman claim that Kennedy "lost it" and started assaulting them after they urged him not to wake up the child, who was downstairs asleep with them as they were drinking and smoking marijuana.

Kennedy has not been charged in that incident, but Fernald said he is awaiting reports from police on that matter.

The affidavit states that a daycare worker found the injuries to the child that include bruising on his buttocks and legs. The daycare worker reported the matter to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the child was taken to Pen Bay.

A doctor said the injuries were significant, but not life-threatening.

Rockland police questioned Kennedy and he admitted to spanking the child because the boy would not stop screaming while his diaper was being changed, according to the affidavit.

The assistant district attorney pointed out that Kennedy's convictions date back to 1990 and are from Missouri, Florida and Maine. They include thefts, a weapons charge and the 2005 conviction for child molestation, which requires him to be registered for life as a sex offender.

He has two convictions in Maine — from 2014 and 2015 — for failing to register as a sex offender.

Fernald said Maine Pre-Trial Services will not accept Kennedy as a client to oversee his release because it considers Kennedy a public safety risk.

Kennedy's attorney, Roger Hurley, asked for either surety bail or cash bail at $2,000. He said the failure to register convictions were simply oversights on his client's part.

Kennedy has held a steady job for six years as a maintenance worker and owns a home, Hurley said. He also has custody of the child.

Judge Susan Sparaco said the accusations are serious, but the issue at Wednesday's hearing was bail. She said what she had seen did not indicate he poses a public safety risk. She set bail at $2,000. He is prohibited from contact with children under 16, other than incidental contact as part of his job.