Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Samuel Mariani Arrested for Child Abuse

A 23-year-old man who was arrested early Tuesday following a domestic disturbance at a home in Carlsbad was later booked on suspicion of beating his 17-month-old son, police said.

Officers were dispatched to the home in the 2600 block of Jefferson Street around 12:20 a.m. to investigate a domestic disturbance call, according to Carlsbad police Lt. Jay Eppel.

They located Samuel Mariani and arrested him on suspicion of public intoxication, Eppel said.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., someone called police and asked that Mariani not be released from jail, alleging that he beat his son, Eppel said.

Officers went back to the home and found bruises and abrasions consistent with abuse on the child, according to Eppel.

The baby was taken to Tri-City Medical Center for treatment and released to the custody of San Diego County Protective Services, Eppel said.

Mariani was being held in the Vista jail in lieu of $150,000 bail on suspicion of public intoxication and child abuse, according to jail records.

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