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Authorities capture NJ dad sought in child beating

Sunday, May 12, 2013
Pictured: Michael Bell

Pictured: Michael Bell

Authorities say a North Jersey man accused of severely beating his 3-month-old child was captured as he tried to flee the state.

Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow says 34-year-old Michael Bell of Plainfield was arrested late Saturday night near Penn Station in Newark, where he was planning to take a bus to an undisclosed site.

Bell was being held Sunday without bail, and it's not known if he has a lawyer.

Bell faces an aggravated assault charge in the matter, and Romankow says additional charges are expected.

Plainfield police responded to a Lee Place home around 10:35 p.m. Friday and found the infant, who was suffering from fractures and internal bleeding.

The child remained hospitalized Sunday in grave condition.

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