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Man charged with assaulting 3-year-old over 'potty training'

October 16, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Chambersburg, Pa., man in connection with the repeated beating and subsequent hospitalization of a 3-year-old child Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

A police spokesman said the incident allegedly was caused by "potty-training issues."

Ryland Baker, 24, of 354 Washington St., was charged Wednesday with aggravated and simple assault, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person, indecent exposure and harassment. Police allege Baker, during several incidents throughout the night, punched the boy with his fists and a Nerf football because of apparent problems with teaching bathroom training to the boy, who is not a blood relative.

State Police Trooper Joe Davidson, who aided in Wednesday's investigation, said the boy was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital for treatment of several visible, nonlife-threatening injuries. The injuries allegedly included bruises to the face, head, arms, shoulder, lower back and leg; as well as extreme swelling to the head, forehead and cheeks, he said.

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"The kid is obviously pretty lumped up," Davidson said.

Davidson said problems may have begun at the residence after the child was misbehaving during dinner. Davidson said the assaults began later in the evening.

"It sounds like somebody lost their temper and things just got out of hand," Davidson said.

The woman took the child to the hospital after Baker left for work Wednesday morning, Davidson said. Davidson said the woman was very upset when he spoke with her Wednesday.

Davidson said troopers arrested Baker Wednesday afternoon while he was making deliveries for an unidentified Chambersburg business. Investigators do not know of any past violent incidents involving Baker, Davidson said.

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