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Veteran Pleads Not Guilty In Toddler’s Assault

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File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A Torrington man has pleaded not guilty in the assault of an 18-month-old boy who was left blind after suffering skull fractures and a broken arm.

The lawyer for 29-year-old Michael Brown entered the pleas to first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor in Bantam Superior Court on Tuesday. He remains in jail after a judge doubled his bail to $500,000 and continued the case to April 24.

Prosecutor Dawn Gallo released new details in the case, saying the toddler suffered a brain injury, is blind and remains permanently disabled at a children’s hospital. Brown is also accused of placing narcotics on the boy’s lips.

Brown is an unemployed Iraq War veteran with two Purple Heart medals. He denies having anything to do with the boy’s injuries.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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