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Two Pa. infants suffer broken legs in separate assaults

November 30, 2011

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Two infants suffered broken legs in unrelated assaults that occurred in Antrim Township over a six-month period, Pennsylvania State Police said Wednesday.

In the first incident, which occurred May 6, a Greencastle man was charged with simple assault and endangering the welfare of children after a 4-month-old boy suffered a fractured right femur, state police said in a news release.

A femur — the largest, longest and heaviest bone in the human body — extends from the hip to the knee.

Matthew Beeler Sr., 27, was arraigned Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock.

Beeler, who is being held in the Franklin County Jail on $25,000 bond, will have a preliminary hearing on Dec. 6 at 9 a.m., according to online court records.

During an investigation, Beeler told police that he picked up the infant by the ankles, and the victim's left leg slipped from his grasp, according to state police news release.

The incident occurred in the 14000 block of Timothy Drive, police said.

Beeler said he continued to pick the infant up by his right leg, the release said.

The infant was evaluated at Waynesboro Hospital, Chambersburg Hospital and Hershey Medical Center, the release said.

In the second incident, a 2-month-old boy suffered two broken femurs, a skull fracture and a broken arm — injuries so severe that the infant was flown to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., state police said.

The most recent injury occurred between 8 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 2, state  police said in a news release.

The incident occurred in the 2100 block of Buchanan Trail West, the release said.

Parents of the child did not offer any information which would explain the injuries, state police said.

Anyone with information about the infant's injuries can call state police at 717-264-5161.

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— Dave McMillion

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