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Salem Man Charged With Attempted Murder of 2-Year-Old

A local man accused of injuring a local 2-year-old is now facing an attempted murder charge.

A Salem man accused of severely injuring a 2-year-old child earlier this month was ordered held without bail Friday afternoon and is now facing a charge of attempted murder.

Juan Javier Claudio, 28, of 10 Dow St., Salem, was arrested on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and battery and two counts of assault and battery on a child resulting in serious bodily injury.

On March 12, a local toddler was admitted the North Shore Medical Center with serious bodily injuries and hospital staffers immediately notified the police and the Department of Children and Family Services.

Salem police detectives, led by Det. Charlene Sano, began their investigation by interviewing family members, caretakers and employees at NSMC. The Essex County District Attorney's Office also assisted with the investigation, police said.

On Thursday, an Essex County Grand Jury reportedly returned indictments on Claudio and he was arrested Friday morning as he exited a trial court community service bus at the Federal Street Court Complex.

A judge ordered Claudio held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on April 4.

The child has since recovered and has been released from NSMC.

Claudio was reportedly a caretaker for the child at the time of the incident.

Det. Sano, Det. Eric Connolly, Det. Brian St. Pierre, Sgt. David Tucker and officers Kathleen Rocheville and Jonathan Duzz responded to the incident on March 12.

Officers William Jennings and John Anderson also assisted with the investigation, according to this morning's police log.

Salem Patch will post additional information as it becomes available.

Diane H March 30, 2013 at 07:40 PM
God bless this poor little one....There is clearly much much more to this sick story! Where are the parents and why did they leave them with this cretin???? Why is the child now in the custody of the grandparents???? It would seem that this poor defenseless child has has probably been through more in his/her 2 years of life than anyone should go through in a lifetime! I hope they throw away the key on this bad bad actor!
Jay Valatka March 31, 2013 at 05:32 PM
ICE only deals with immigration issues.
Michael McNeil March 31, 2013 at 05:47 PM
I am afraid that the media will not report illegal alien crime because it goes against the progressive liberal agenda. If this attacker is an illegal alien, and if he has been arrested before in the United States, and was not deported then the American media, politicians, and immigration authorities will have blood on their hands.
nalaboss April 16, 2013 at 02:11 AM
He is not an illegal immagrent..nd my brother did not do this crime..he is simply taking the fault for his psyco exgirlfriend..shes the one who needs to be in jail..
nalaboss April 16, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Look javier is my brother nd he has two beautiful daughters..my brother would never hurt a child..he loves kids..nd yes there is more to the story then what the media is telling..the 2 year is sister of the ex girlfriend..nd his ex girlfriend is a psycodic bitch..she needs to be givin a polygraph nd then the truth will be revealed..so before ppl start talking shit abour my brother get the whole story first..nd by the way we are american citizians..

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