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Police charge man in toddler's assault

on October 07, 2013 10:30 AM

UNIONTOWN (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania man is accused of beating a 20-month-old child, leaving the toddler hospitalized in critical condition.

The Uniontown Herald-Standard reports Raymond Allen Matteson, 35, of Smithfield, faces charges including aggravated and simple assault after police said he gave several different accounts of how his girlfriend’s son was injured.

Investigators said the child was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital with a lacerated liver and head injuries on Friday night. A police affidavit indicated another man called 911 after seeing Matteson shake the boy then splash him with water in an attempt to revive him.

Matteson was arraigned and tentatively scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

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