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Father sentenced in assault on baby

August 10, 2011

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A Salem father accused of stuffing a baby wipe in his infant son’s mouth because the child would not stop crying has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. Dario Finkel was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in Salem Superior Court to charges including child endangerment and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He also got four years’ probation. Authorities say Finkel, 27, who once drove a bus for a day-care center, stuffed the baby wipe in the 7 1/2-week-old boy’s mouth in April after becoming frustrated with the infant’s crying. Prosecutors said he later threw the child on the floor and then at the boy’s mother. (AP)