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Concord man charged with assaulting infant son arraigned

A Concord man charged with assaulting his infant son was arraigned yesterday at Concord’s district court, where a judge decided to let him remain free on bail.

Gregory Perkins, 22, was arrested April 11 after staff at Concord Hospital, where the then-21-week-old child was being treated, became suspicious about his injuries, the police said. The police believe Perkins assaulted his son on two occasions about a week apart, resulting in fractures to his ribs and arm, because he was frustrated the child was being fussy.

Perkins, who was in court yesterday with his son, declined to comment after the hearing. He is facing two counts of first-degree assault. Perkins did not offer pleas yesterday because pleas are not taken for felony-level offenses at district court.

Bail was previously set at $20,000 personal recognizance, and prosecutors did not seek to increase it at the arraignment. Perkins, who the police say lives on Myrtle Street in Concord but listed his address on court documents as Elizabeth Drive in Boscawen, is currently prohibited from having contact with anyone under the age of 10 unless there is another adult present.

He requested a court-appointed lawyer yesterday, saying in court documents that he was fired from his job at a Manchester restaurant following news reports of his arrest.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for June 4.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or
tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)

He was in court yesterday with his son? What!

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