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Father Charged With Abusing Child In Columbia County

CATAWISSA — A father in Columbia County faces several charges after police say he abused his 2-month-old son.

When the child was taken to a hospital in October, investigators say he was covered in bruises and had some fractured bones.

Matthew Sacks, 25, of Locust Township told investigators he did not abuse his son but there may have been a few instances when he was too rough with the infant by accident.

Sacks turned himself in Friday morning and was arraigned in district court in Catawissa.

“I have nothing to say right now,” Sacks said outside district court.

He faces a list of charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  Police say Sacks abused his infant son in October.

According to court papers, the baby was taken to the hospital because he was not eating.  Doctors found multiple broken bones and bruises on the baby boy.  Police say this is not the first time Sacks is accused of abusing one of his children.  In 2008, Sacks admitted to abusing his 4-month-old daughter.  Sacks was forced to attend parenting and anger management classes.

He was unable to post bail and was taken to the Columbia County jail.  Sacks is scheduled to appear in court later this month.


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