MDAMASCUS, Md. (AP) — Authorities said a Maryland man and military combat veteran has been charged in the fatal beating of his three-year-old son, who was adopted months earlier from South Korea.
Brian Patrick O'Callaghan, 36, has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death of the boy earlier this month. He was ordered held without bond during a court appearance Tuesday.
O'Callaghan's lawyer, Steven McCool, called the allegations of murder unfounded. He says he disputes that the child suffered a skull fracture or multiple injuries to his head.
McCool says his client is a Marine veteran grieving the loss of his son.
Police charging documents say the boy had bleeding in his brain and a skull fracture, indicating he had been beaten.
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