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Zuniga bound over for trial for alleged child abuse


SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - A Sheboygan man has been bound over for trial for allegedly causing bodily harm to his six month old son.  Judge Timothy Van Akkeren allowed the case against 21 year old Benito Zuniga Jr. to proceed following a preliminary hearing in Sheboygan County Court Wednesday.

During the hearing, the court heard from Detective Don Hammond, who said that Zuniga told him he had tripped and dropped the infant to the ground at his residence on South 12th Street this past Halloween.  The court also heard over the phone from Dr. Alice Swenson, of Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, who performed a consult of the infant and said he sustained multiple retinal hemorrhages.  While there are several possible causes, Swenson said the most probable cause in infants is abusive head trauma.

Zuniga remains in custody and will be arraigned on December 6.