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Hagerstown father held on bond in assault of 3-year-old son

December 30, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Hagerstown man charged Saturday with assault and child abuse was ordered held on $20,000 bond during a Monday bail review hearing, according to Washington County District Court records.

Richard P. Marshall II, 26, of 1024H Noland Drive, was charged Saturday with first- and second-degree assault and first- and second-degree child abuse, according to charging documents.

Marshall was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Monday night.

A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said the boy was listed in good condition Monday afternoon.

According to the court papers, police were called to Washington County Hospital on Saturday for a report of possible child abuse of a 3-year-old boy with a broken leg.

Hagerstown Police Detective Shane Blankenship spoke with Marshall, who was at the hospital Saturday, according to the court documents.

Marshall said his son was playing in the bathroom in his home Friday afternoon and splashing water. Marshall said after he cleaned up the bathroom, he went to talk to his son, became angry and grabbed his son's leg.

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The next thing Marshall said he remembered was his son lying on the floor crying, the documents allege.

Afterward, the boy could not stand on his right leg, according to the charging documents. Marshall took his son to the hospital about 90 minutes later, the documents state.

Marshall was taken into custody Saturday afternoon.

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