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Archive for Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Man arrested on charges of aggravated battery, child abuse

September 29, 2009, 12:00 a.m. Updated September 30, 2009, 12:00 a.m.

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A Lawrence man accused of injuring a 2-month-old girl has been charged with one count of felony aggravated battery.

Zachary Bennett, 25, was arrested Monday and had his first appearance Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.

“He reported he was watching the girl at the family’s central Lawrence residence, while his wife away, when the injury occurred,” said Kim Murphree, Lawrence police spokeswoman. “Initially, the man reported the incident as an accident.”

Officers were called at 1 a.m. Sept. 14 to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where workers said the infant had suspicious injuries. The girl was transferred to a Kansas City hospital for treatment.

Bennett is in the Douglas County Jail on $30,000 bond.

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