SW Pa. man convicted of assault in toddler beating

CHILD-ABUSE

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A southwestern Pennsylvania man has been convicted of aggravated assault and other charges in a beating that left a toddler critically injured.

Jurors in Fayette County also convicted 35-year-old Raymond Matteson of Uniontown on Tuesday of simple assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. He is to be sentenced Monday.

Police said the 20-month-old child was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital in October with a lacerated liver and head injuries.

Matteson testified that he had no idea how the boy was injured. He acknowledged that he told his brother to call off paramedics, but said he thought the child was recovering and emergency treatment might not be necessary.

Assistant Public Defender Deanna Fahringer argued that there had been no previous allegations of child abuse in the home.

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