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Durham man accused of beating baby

Posted July 12, 2009 10:07 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2009 5:05 p.m. EDT

— A Durham man is accused of severely beating his girlfriend's 1-year-old daughter.

Joshua Ray Royster, 24, hit the child until she was unconscious June 27 at a home at 1818 Majestic Drive, according to the arrest warrant.

The child suffered severe head trauma and had bruises on her face and body, the warrant stated. She was listed in critical condition Sunday at Duke University Hospital.

The child's mother said her boyfriend had previously always taken good care of her baby.

Royster was arrested Sunday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault of a child and inflicting serious bodily injury.

He was being held at the Durham County Jail under a $5 million bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday morning.