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Auburn man held on charge of abusing 11-month-old cousin

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AUBURN -- A teenager has been charged with child abuse after a social worker reported that he had injured his 11-month-old cousin, causing skull and spinal fractures, authorities said today.

Christian M. McFadden, 18, was arrested Friday and charged with assault and battery on a child with injury, Auburn police Chief Andrew J. Sluckis Jr. said. McFadden is being held on $5,000 bail.

A hospital examination of the girl, including an X-ray and a CAT scan, showed two skull fractures, two compression back fractures, and hemorrhaging in both eyes, Sluckis said in a phone interview.

He said the 11-month-old also had two partially healed fractures in one arm, apparent evidence of past abuse.

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