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Salina man held in baby's beating

SALINA, Kan. | A Salina man is in custody for allegedly abusing a 12-week-old baby.

Salina Police Capt. Mike Sweeney says the 19-year-old man was arrested late Thursday night. Earlier in the day, police were called to Salina Regional Health Center, where a 12-week-old girl was being treated for injuries consistent with child abuse and being shaken.

Sweeney says the baby girl had multiple rib fractures and bruises on her forehead and knee. The baby also was suffering from a brain injury consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. She was transferred by air to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Sweeney says the baby is the daughter of the suspect's girlfriend. The suspect is booked into jail on charges that could include child abuse and aggravated battery.

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