Police: Hanover man injured 2-year-old
A Hanover man is accused of causing multiple injuries to a 2-year-old boy after he "lost it," while watching him, according to police.
Hanover Police said Matthew Duane Howard, 32, injured the boy to the point where he had to be taken to the hospital on Aug. 20.
Howard is charged with aggravated assault of someone younger than 13 and endangering the welfare of a child, both of which are felonies.
He remains free after posting $25,000 bail. A number could not be found for him and he does not have an attorney listed as of Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Found injured: Police said he was watching his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in a Hanover home about 7:15 p.m. that day.
The mother was gone for an hour ,and when she returned she found Howard holding the boy by the back of his shirt, telling him to "wake up," court documents allege.
The boy was not alert, his arms were bent and rigid, and his fists were clenched, police said.
The woman immediately took the boy to Hanover Hospital, where doctors found he had a broken right clavicle, severe bruising to his head and a fracture to the right side of his skull, as well as bleeding on his brain, according to charging documents.
Police said the boy had visible bruising all over his body.
'Lost it': Hanover Police spoke to Howard the next day, and he admitted to injuring the boy when he "lost it," according to court documents.
Howard told police he struck the boy's face several times, pulled the boy by the arm and threw him into a clothes hamper, police said.
He said the boy was a "difficult child" who cries all the time, and he did not mean to hurt him, charging documents allege.
Howard also said he could have injured the victim more than he remembered, police said.
He was arraigned on the charges the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 21. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1 at District Judge Dwayne Dubs' office.
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