Northbridge man charged with hurting toddlerAP , Associated Press
Oct. 8, 2013 6:46 AM ET
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A 29-year-old Northbridge man has been held on $50,000 bail after pleading not guilty to fracturing the skull of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.
Prosecutors say Rowan Cook appeared in Westborough District Court on Monday on a charge of assault and battery on a child resulting in substantial injury.
Authorities say Cook lived in the same home with his girlfriend and the girl.
They say on Sept. 9 he was left caring for the toddler while her mother left to pick up a friend.
The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/15SYlCj ) reports that prosecutors say he shook and slapped the girl after she threw food against the wall during a feeding.
The child remains in rehabilitative care because she suffered a significant loss of motor function on her left side.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com