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January 1, 2014

Man charged with beating infant boy

NASHUA, N.H. — A Lawrence man is being held on $1 million bail for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s infant son with an iPad and other abuse.

Enrique J. Santiago Jr., 20, of 259 Andover St., #1, will be arraigned tomorrow on multiple felony assault charges leveled after the 10-week-old baby ended up in a Boston hospital with broken bones, a brain bleed and more injuries, according to Nashua police.

Santiago is accused of beating the baby boy on Dec. 26 with a iPad tablet he put in a pillow case and then swung at the infant’s face, according to a report released by Nashua Police Lt. Francis Sullivan, of the department’s special investigations division.

That day, at 5:08 p.m., Nashua officers went to a local hospital after the baby boy had bruising to the left side of his face, ear and buttocks and a brain bleed, Sullivan wrote.

The child was transferred to a Boston hospital for intensive care. Police subsequently learned the baby had a “multitude of injuries” that ranged in age, including brain bleed, brain swelling, retinal bleeding, fractured ribs as well as leg and arm fractures, according to Sullivan’s report.

The child is expected to survive but will have “potentially lasting disabilities,” Sullivan wrote.

The boy is currently in stable but critical condition, he said.

In addition to the Dec. 26 assault, Santiago is also accused of assaulting the baby during a two month period, by “grabbing, squeezing, shaking, striking and slamming him” resulting in injury, according to Sullivan.

The abuse allegedly occurred while Santiago was “caring” for the baby at his girlfriend’s Arlington Street apartment, police said.

Santiago was arrested by Lawrence detectives at 79 Winthrop Ave. at 4 p.m. Monday.

He was arraigned yesterday in Lawrence District Court as a fugitive from justice. He waived extradition and was taken into custody by Nashua police. He will be arraigned tomorrow in the 9th Circuit-Nashua District Division Court.

Santiago’s arrest is a result of an investigation by the Nashua Police Department’s special investigation division, Sullivan said.

Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter @EagleTribJill.

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