Abuse alleged in RI over 1-year-old's injuries

A Westerly man has been accused of child abuse after a 1-year-old was taken to Hasbro Children's Hospital with serious head trauma.

Police charged Maurice E. Bell with first-degree child abuse.

The 28-year-old Bell told police the baby fell off the couch about 1 1/2 feet onto a rug late last month. He said he picked the child up and began to calm him down and put him to bed. Police say Bell brought the toddler to the hospital the next day when he saw his arm and leg twitching.

Bell entered no plea in District Court last week and was released on bail.

A phone number could not be found for Bell and it was not known Sunday if he's represented by a lawyer.

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