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Prison guard waives hearing on child abuse charges

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A Lancaster County prison guard charged with beating his 3-month-old son has waived his preliminary hearing.

Kory R. Merkey, 25, of Elizabethtown, allowed felony charges of child endangerment and aggravated assault on a child to proceed to county court during his appearance before a district judge Monday.

The judge scheduled a formal arraignment April 25.

According to court documents, Merkey admitted to beating the baby boy several times over the course of three weeks while the infant's mother was sleeping or not at home.

The child went to Penn State Hershey Medical Center on Feb. 4 and was diagnosed with a skull fracture, two rib fractures and a fractured leg, documents state.

Merkey was placed on unpaid administrative leave after the charges were filed Feb. 18.


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