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Video game frustration leads to assault in New Hampshire

A man in New Hampshire was frustrated while he was playing a video game, according to his own admission, and it boiled over into an assault that was targeted at his son, an infant. The man reportedly shook the young children in his anger, and the result of that shaking was liver damage. This happened not once, but twice, and the authorities have said his frustration came from that fact that one of the levels in the game was too hard for him to get past.

The man is facing three charges for his actions, all of which are felonies. The first is a Class A felony, and it is for first-degree assault. The other two are both Class B felonies, and they are for second-degree assault.

The father is 26 years old, and the son is just three months old.

This was not the man's first run-in with the law, as he had committed another assault previously -- though the young child was not involved in this one -- and he had been placed on parole as a result. He then violated the conditions of his parole, and the police then arrested him on those charges. This happened back on Feb. 6. As a result, he was already in jail when the newest charges were leveled against him.

As noted, the man has admitted that he committed the crime in question. It's important to remember that, even in a case where an admission of guilt is involved, the accused has certain legal rights that must not be infringed upon. It's crucial for people to know their rights and their legal options.

Source: Union Leader, "Video game player accused of assaulting baby is indicted" Meghan Pierce, Feb. 20, 2015

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