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* Aaron Handy has been charged with one count of felony child abuse with two enhancements in Antioch

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Prosecutors filed felony charges today against an Antioch man accused of seriously injuring his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son, possibly
causing the child to lose use of one his arms, Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Dara Cashman said. Aaron Handy, 28, has been charged with one count of felony child abuse with two enhancements, one for allegedly inflicting great bodily injury
on a child under 5 years old and the second for causing the boy to suffer coma or paralysis, Cashman said. If convicted of all the charges, Handy could face a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison, Cashman said. The incident happened on Aug. 20 at a home on Peppertree Way where Handy, his girlfriend and her child lived. Handy was home watching the boy when he allegedly injured him, police said. He allegedly later admitted that he had hurt the boy in anger, according to police. When the boy’s mother came home, she found her son unconscious. Police said Handy tried to convince the mother not to call 911 for her child, then fled the home.  The boy was flown by helicopter to a hospital to be treated for a traumatic brain injury, police said. Doctors put him in a medically induced coma and removed a portion of his skull to alleviate swelling in the brain, police said. Cashman said today it is still too soon to tell whether the boy will have permanent brain damage, but doctors believe there is a strong possibility that he will lose the ability to move one of his arms. Although she declined to release details about what happened, Cashman said she is confident that Handy’s actions caused the injuries to the child. Handy was arrested Wednesday at a home in Stockton and booked into county jail. His bail has been set at $100,000, according to a county jail  official, but, because of the enhancements, it will likely be increased once  he is arraigned.   
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