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Police arrest Westminster man accused of hitting son, leaving his two children


A Westminster man was held in lieu of $25,000 bail yesterday after he was arrested on charges of slapping his 2-year-old son and leaving the boy and his 1-year-old sister alone at home.

Troy T. Haller, 26, of no fixed address was found in a Westminster motel room Tuesday, 10 days after police were called to a Shaeffer Avenue apartment by a concerned neighbor and took custody of the children.

The children have been placed in foster care, said Lt. Dean Brewer, spokesman for the Westminster police.

Haller's wife, Laura, went to police Dec. 15, three days after she had left the children with her husband, Brewer said.

The mother has not been charged, but is under investigation by Child Protective Services to determine her suitability to regain custody of the children, Brewer said.

Haller is charged with child abuse, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of leaving a child unattended.

Pub Date: 12/24/98

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