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Sheriff: Man assaulted girlfriend’s baby

Mon., Oct. 11, 2010, 1:08 p.m.

A 5-month-old boy is in critical condition after his mother’s 21-year-old boyfriend assaulted him early today, according to the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office.

The boy was rushed to Pullman Memorial Hospital after emergency crews found him unresponsive in a home in the 400 block of North Main Street in Albion, said Sheriff Brett Myers.

Nathan J. Cranfield was arrested on a first-degree assault charge. Investigators believe he shook the boy, who was reported not breathing about 2 a.m.

Cranfield is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

The boy, whose name has not been released, has been airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he remains in critical condition.

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