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Foster parent pleads guilty in child abuse case

Foster parent pleads guilty in child abuse case



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- An American Fork man who was a state-approved foster parent has pleaded guilty to reduced charges of child abuse that stem from injuries to a child in his care.

James Ryan Hadlock was initially charged with second-degree felonies for the alleged abuse of a 1-year-old boy. In a deal with prosecutors, last week he pleaded guilty to class A misdemeanor charges instead.

Hadlock called American Fork police in Nov. 2006 after the infant stopped breathing. He initally said he didn't know how the child was injured.

Days later, Hadlock changed his story. He told police he accidentally dropped the boy while tossing the infant in the air as a game.

Doctors said the boy suffered fractured legs, ribs and bleeding on his brain. The injuries were consistent with shaking, not a fall.

The child was removed from the Haddock's care.

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Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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