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Plainville man accused of abusing 2-year-old faces a judge

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Jacob Matthews charged with beating 2 year-old boy (Plainville police) Jacob Matthews charged with beating 2 year-old boy (Plainville police)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

A man from Plainville accused of abusing a 2-year-old boy made a court appearance on Wednesday.

Police said 20-year-old Jacob Matthews hurt his girlfriend's son earlier this month.

He faced a judge in Bristol Superior Court, where a prosecutor said Matthews is a danger to society and said he has dealt with domestic violence before.

The prosecutor also showed the judge four pictures of the injured child.

His case was continued to Nov. 18; however, his bond was increased to $150,000.

Matthews faces a slew of charges, including assault and risk of injury to a minor. 

Matthews was arrested during a traffic stop about two weeks after police began investigating the allegations made by his girlfriend.

He is not the boy's father, according to police.

Investigators said bruises were found on the toddler's head, face and lower body.

They feel the injuries are consistent with child abuse.

Matthews was brought into custody without incident.

The 2-year-old is in the care of the Department of Children and Families. Police explained "it is in the child’s best interest at this point in time" for the child to be in DCF custody.  

Police are still trying to determine if there will be more criminal charges for the mother and could not comment more on Wednesday. 

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