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Massachusetts mother denies beating 11-month-old daughter

February 26, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A North Adams woman has been charged with beating her infant daughter so severely that she needed to be hospitalized.

The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/1QkwbC1 ) reports that 20-year-old Samantha McVinney pleaded not guilty Thursday to assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury and domestic assault and battery. Bail was set at $1,500.

McVinney was charged after emergency responders classified her 11-month-old daughter’s injuries as “non-accidental trauma.”

Prosecutors say McVinney called 911 to report the girl’s injuries, which included bruises and scrapes on her shoulder, bleeding from the nostrils and major swelling.

Police say McVinney gave “implausible explanations” for the injuries. McVinney’s layer says her client denies the charges.

The girl remains hospitalized at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and the state has taken custody.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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