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Police: Man physically assaulted nephew for 'hugging dog too hard'

Daniel Stahler, Jr., 31, of Lehighton, is now in custody

Daniel Stahler, Jr. arrested for assaulting nephew

LEHIGHTON, Pa. - Police have arrested a man they say fractured his five-year-old nephew's eye socket because the boy "hugged his dog too hard."

Authorities say Daniel Stahler, Jr., 31, of Mahoning Township was taken into custody by State Police during a vehicle stop near the West End Fairgrounds.

According to Officer Tyler Meek of Mahoning Township Police, 31-year-old Daniel Stahler, Jr. threw his nephew, struck him and slammed his head in a door Thursday night around 7:15 p.m. in the 100 block of Mauch Chunk Road in Lehighton.

The 5 year-old, whose mother told police is autistic, was left with a swollen left eye, hair missing, a lump on his forehead and red marks under his left and right armpits consistent with being thrown.

His mother took him to Palmerton Hospital where they found out that the boy had a fracture to his eye socket.

Stahler was not at the house when Meek arrived on scene Thursday night.

The boy and another eight-year-old child who witnessed the incident gave testimony to the police.

While there had been initial reports of a stolen gun related to this incident, Meek says that those reports are false.

Police say Stahler is being held at Carbon County Prison pending his arraignment.

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