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Brewer man charged with manslaughter in 6-week-old son’s death

Ronald Harding of Brewer is in Penobscot County Jail Thursday and charged with manslaughter in his 6-week-old son's death.

BREWER, Maine — A man from Brewer who is formally charged with manslaughter for the death of his infant son appeared in court Tuesday, July 6.

Ronald Harding, 36, has been indicted by a grand jury. 

Harding called 911 on Monday, May 31, to report his 6-week-old son was unresponsive and not breathing Maine State Police said in a release.

The child was taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in critical condition and was pronounced dead on Tuesday, police said. An autopsy performed by the office of the chief medical examiner revealed that the infant died from inflicted injuries.

At his arraignment, Assistant Attorney General, Leanne Robbin said the fatal injury was caused by a violent shaking that led to the baby's death and the injury occurred while Harding had custody of the child.

Harding’s attorney, William Ashe said he had no prior criminal history, has a full-time job and asked for a low bail to be set.

Justice William Anderson set the bail at $3,000 and added a condition that Harding may have no contact with children under the age of 12.  

Harding paid and is out on bail.

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