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North Tonawanda man takes plea deal in assault on 4-year-old son

LOCKPORT – A man who dislocated his 4-year-old son’s elbow accepted a plea-bargain Friday in Niagara County Court.

Daniel J. Barnes, 27, of Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, who scheduled sentencing for Aug. 30, said she will place Barnes on interim probation for up to a year if he continues to obey rules laid down in a Family Court proceeding against him. Otherwise, Barnes risks a prison term of as long as four years.

The boy was intentionally hurt Sept. 4, Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Nichols said. Barnes was living on North Avenue in North Tonawanda at the time.