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Man Accused Of Hitting Young Boy With Hammer

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File photo of a person in police custody wearing handcuffs. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a person in police custody wearing handcuffs. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a wheelchair-bound man is in custody for allegedly hitting a 3-year-old boy in the head with hammer at an Albuquerque grocery store.

Albuquerque police say the child was taken to a hospital Monday afternoon and the injury doesn’t appear to be life-threatening.

KOB-TV says the boy suffered a fractured skull and the suspect is an amputee who’s undergoing a mental evaluation at the Bernalillo County Detention Center.

Witnesses told police that the man struck the child with a hammer and was also trying to strike other people’s children in the Smith’s Food and Drug store.

He was arrested in one of the grocery store’s aisles where he reportedly got the hammer.

The names of the suspect and the injured child haven’t been released by authorities.

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