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Pittsburgh man sentenced to prison term for child assault

| Monday, April 13, 2015, 5:45 p.m.

An Allegheny County man was sentenced Monday to one to two years in a state prison for the assault of a 3-year-old boy in West Newton.

Ryan Michael Sullivan, 30, of Pittsburgh also was sentenced by Judge Rita D. Hathaway to serve a consecutive term of five years' probation.

The boy suffered bruises to his face, neck, ears, arms, chest and legs, according to court papers. A doctor who examined the child on April 10, 2013 reported he had two broken bones in his foot, police said.

The physician told police the boy's injuries would have caused severe pain and could have a detrimental effect on brain development, according to court papers.

Sullivan offered several explanations for how the injuries occurred, according to court papers. He told police that he is the child's primary caregiver.

He pleaded guilty Monday to child endangerment and simple assault and was ordered to complete anger management and parenting classes.

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