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Police: Man Beat Boy, 5, for ‘Hugging Dog Too Hard’

MAHONING TOWNSHIP — A man from Carbon County is accused of abusing a five-year-old boy.

Police said Daniel Stahler Jr. of Lehighton became irritated with the child after he hugged a dog too hard Thursday.

Officials said Stahler hit the boy, threw him into a wall, and slammed his head in a door.

According to officers, the child has a fractured eye socket, bruises, and had hair ripped out.

State police arrested Stahler after a traffic stop around midnight Sunday.

Stahler is facing assault and harassment charges and is locked up in the Carbon County prison.

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