Saturday, 2:15 PM
Man allegedly attempted to murder girlfriend's baby
By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff
A 22-year-old Brockton man is facing attempted murder and other charges after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend's baby daughter in a Mansfield hotel room.
Werner's booking photo
Matthew Werner allegedly hit and choked the 11-month-old, stopping only after his girlfriend, Amber Roberts, 21, of Laconia, N.H., struggled and screamed loudly, Mansfield Police said in a statement.
When he dropped the baby, Destiny, the mother picked her up and ran to the hotel manager for help, police said.
In addition to a charge of attempting to murder Destiny, Werner faces a charge of assault and battery on a child causing substantial injury, and domestic assault and battery on Amber Roberts. He was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty at his arraignment in Attleboro District Court, said Bristol district attorney's spokesman Gregg Miliote. A dangerousness hearing was slated for Tuesday.
Werner's attorney, Joshua Werner, did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Joshua Werner's assistant said the two men were not related.
The baby is in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families, police said.
Police Chief Arthur M. O'Neill said the case was "a terrible thing." He said the baby received "substantial bruising" but was otherwise all right.