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Man wanted in assault case arrested for alleged child abuse

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SALT LAKE CITY — A father accused of shaking his 4-month-old child was arrested Friday for investigation of intentional child abuse.

Paul Ray Watson, 23, of Salt Lake City, allegedly shook his child at least twice over the past month, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

"Both of these caused hemorrhaging inside the child's head," according to the jail report. "The child is currently admitted into the hospital as of this writing waiting for surgery."

Watson was arrested just before 11 p.m. Friday for investigation of two counts of felony child abuse. In addition, he had warrants out for his arrest for failing to appear in court on a 2013 charge of battery, a class B misdemeanor, in Salt Lake City Justice Court, and for assault, a class B misdemeanor, in a separate 2012 case also in Salt Lake City Justice Court that involved domestic violence, according to court records.

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