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Taneytown man charged with child abuse, assault

Hertel
Hertel (Carroll County Times)

A Taneytown man has been charged with child abuse for allegedly picking up a minor by the hair then hitting the minor with a 2-by-4 piece of lumber.

Geoffrey Brian Hertel, 49, of the unit block of Carnival Drive in Taneytown, was charged with one count each of child abuse and second-degree assault for the alleged incident, which occurred Aug. 12.

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According to the statement of charges, Hertel confessed to pulling hair from the scalp of the minor and striking the minor across the lower back region with the piece of lumber.

Hertel is being held on $50,000 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center.

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