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Lebanon man charged with neglect of infant daughter

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LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Lebanon man has been charged with neglecting a seven-week-old infant who was found to have a wad of paper stuffed into her mouth while in his care, according to authorities.

Zachary A. Torres, 19, on April 4 was watching his baby daughter and the infant's 17-month-old sibling at the home of the girl's mother on South 8th Street when he placed the baby on the floor and left the two children unsupervised, the Lebanon County Detective Bureau said in court documents.

Upon his return, Torres told investigators that he noticed the infant was having difficulty breathing and took her to a nearby beauty salon where someone contacted 911, documents state.

The child was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital and was found to have a paper material, similar to a paper towel or baby wipe, the size of an adult thumb lodged in her throat, detectives said.

Torres later told investigators that he saw the toddler running away from the infant, and that the older child had previously tried to feed items such as toys and coins to the infant, court papers state.

Torres was charged with endangering welfare of children via summons. He failed to appear for a preliminary hearing Thursday and a warrant was issued for his arrest, detectives said.

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