Man held for battery of newborn daughter

A 25-year-old man alleged to have severely beaten his newborn daughter, leaving the infant with serious head injuries, was detained by police in Thessaloniki yesterday on charges of attempted manslaughter. According to police, the suspect punched the 11-day-old child in the head, threw her onto the ground and then kicked her in the head at his home in Katerini, a small town outside the northern city. After undergoing treatment at a local hospital, the baby was transferred to an intensive-care unit at Thessaloniki’s Ippocrateio Hospital where she was said to still be in critical condition late last night. It was unclear whether the infant’s mother was at home at the time of the alleged attack by the 25-year-old, who is said to have a history of mental problems.