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Indiana man accused of battering 7-month-old girl

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Friday, July 5, 2013 - 8:08 am

NEW ALBANY — A southern Indiana man has been arrested on preliminary charges alleging that he battered a 7-month-old girl, leaving her with a serious head injury.

Thirty-three-year-old Benjamin P. Smith of New Albany was arrested Tuesday on preliminary felony charges of battery and neglect of a dependent. He's being held on a $150,000 surety bond at the Floyd County Jail, pending a Friday initial hearing.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reports the child was taken Monday to a Louisville hospital after her mother found she had been injured at the family's home.

Hospital staff diagnosed that the infant had suffered a closed head injury and contacted police.

Police have reported that the child remains hospitalized in stable condition.