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Harpers Ferry man charged after 2-year-old boy is seriously injured

February 27, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man was arrested Tuesday in connection with an incident last week in which a 2-year-old boy suffered injuries to his torso and head area at the Willow Spring Farm Apartments along U.S. 340, according to police and court records.

Justin Allan Painter, 21, of 322 Wide River Farm Drive, was charged with two counts of malicious assault and two counts of child abuse resulting in injury, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Painter was free Tuesday night on $100,000 bond.

Police said last week they were continuing to investigate how the boy was injured.

The boy was treated at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, police said last week.

The boy's mother told police she did not know what happened to the boy and she suspected that Painter, her boyfriend who was baby-sitting the child, might have been responsible, according to a criminal complaint filed by Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy P.G. Smith.

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Painter initially told police he did not do anything to the child, but later said the boy had been crying and he was unable to comfort the child, the complaint said.

Painter said he grabbed the boy with his two hands and shook the boy continually, the complaint said.

A doctor at Children's National Medical Center said the boy suffered multiple serious injuries, including a skull injury, the complaint said.

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