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Man accused of poisoning 7-year-old daughter with drain cleaner

Posted at 12:58 PM, May 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-23 12:58:09-04

Northhampton, MA (WSHM) — A Northampton man is accused of poisoning his daughter with drain cleaner.

Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, said that 32-year-old Christopher Conley of Northampton was arraigned Thursday in Northampton District Court on a complaint charging him with attempted murder by poisoning, assault and battery upon a child resulting in substantial bodily injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.

Prosecutors allege that Conley poisoned his 7-year-old daughter at their residence in April.

“The specific allegation is that the defendant injected ‘Liquid-Plumr’ drain cleaner into his daughter’s cecostomy tube in an attempt to end her life,” Carey added in a statement.

The girl was admitted to a Connecticut hospital, where she remains in serious condition with what Carey described as “extensive internal injuries.”

Conley is being held without bail. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for June 23.

The case remains under investigation by the Northampton Police Department and state police detectives assigned to the Northwestern D.A.’s office.