Lebanon man indicted on charges of abusing four children

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By The Staff

Christopher Reardon, 21, of 16 Howard Avenue in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree assault and first-degree criminal abuse (seven counts).

According to the indictment, on Aug. 1, Reardon manifested extreme indifference to the value of human life by wantonly engaging in conduct that created a grave risk of death to another person (a 2-year-old male).

His bond was set at $25,000 with the condition that he has no contact with the complaining witness or the witness's family.

The indictment also reads that between Aug. 1 and 4, he intentionally abused or permitted people (a 2-year-old male, a 1-year-old female, a 3-year-old female and a 5-year-old female) of whom he had actual custody to be abused thereby causing serious physical injury, or he caused torture, cruel confinement or cruel punishment to a person 12 or younger.

Editor's note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.