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Oct 1, 2015 1:54 PM

Man charged with assaulting baby had barricaded himself in a room in Merrimack

MERRIMACK - Merrimack police say they were lucky that an officer was a half-mile from the Maple Ridge condo complex when a 911 call came in that a man had assaulted a 7-week-old infant.

Police say 20-year-old Chase Mariscal had an argument with the baby's mother around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. He picked the child up without proper support and then barricaded himself inside a room with the infant.

Several people were in the home and say the mother broke through the door, and that's when Mariscal dropped the infant, who hit a piece of furniture.

Police arrived soon after and the child was taken to the Elliott Hospital.

Police say during the incident Mariscal assaulted another person in the home. They aren't aren't saying whether Mariscal is related to the child, but they say he was visiting from Arizona and is intimately involved with the mother.

"The recklessness. Anytime you have an infant who clearly is helpless, he disregarded any duty of care he had to this child by picking it up and then dropping," said police Lt. Denise Roy

Mariscal, of 11365 West Desert Grass, Tucson, Ariz. faces two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of attempted second-degree assault, simple assault and two counts of reckless conduct.

Mariscal is being held at the Valley Street jail in Manchester on $10,000 cash bail. He's due in court next week.

Police tell us the baby was released from the hospital earlier today.

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