Man appears in court for maltreatment of 2-month old

By: Sarah E. Rooney


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NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A North Providence man appeared in court Tuesday on child abuse charges related to injuries sustained by his two-month old infant.

Daniel Walker, 22, of North Providence was arrested Monday after an investigation indicated that his two-month old was in his care when the child sustained head injuries consistent with abuse.

Prior to his arrest, police had been called on October 25 to respond to Walker’s residence on Woodlawn Avenue with reports of an infant that was not breathing. When authorities arrived to the scene, Walker claimed that the infant had choked on baby formula.

Emergency personnel were able to revive the male infant, and the child was sent to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for additional examination.

North Providence Police were later notified by the hospital that the child had head injuries consistent with maltreatment. This information prompted North Providence to launch a criminal investigation.

Walker was arrested Monday after police determined that the child was in his care when the incident occurred.

Walker was held without bail Monday and charged with First Degree Child Abuse.

Tuesday morning in court, the judge ordered that Walker be held on $100,000 bail.

Authorities, doctors at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and the mother of the child are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the infant’s health and chance of survival. Walker’s next bail hearing has been set for this Thursday, pending the results of Tuesday’s meeting.

This web story will be updated at additional information becomes available.


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