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Police: Father arrested for abusing 6-week-old baby

SAN JOSE — Authorities say a 32-year-old father was arrested on suspicion of abusing his 6-week-old daughter after doctors found 14 different fractures throughout her body.

KNTV reported Friday that Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. James Jensen says the baby is in critical condition at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose after being violently beaten by Matthew Zabala.

Jensen said deputies were called to the hospital by workers there Tuesday afternoon to investigate possible child abuse. The child had been brought to the hospital on Sunday suffering from cardiac arrest along with the multiple fractures on her body.

Zabala was later arrested at his home in unincorporated San Jose. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on $500,000 bail. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.


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