Child "clinically dead" after Father's Day beating

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Authorities in Massachusetts say a 7-year-old boy was severely beaten by his dad on Father's Day and has been declared "clinically dead."

Officials say Nathaniel Turner remains on life support at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. A hearing is scheduled for
Wednesday at which a juvenile court judge will decide whether to
remove him from life support.

Relatives say Nathaniel had lived with his grandmother in Alabama before coming to live with his 36-year-old father, Leslie Schuler. Schuler recently received a court order to have summer custody of the child.

Police say Schuler abused the boy.

He is charged with 10 counts. He has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer says his client is remorseful.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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