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NEWPORT NEWS -- A Newport News man has been arrested after allegedly hitting his girlfriend's three-year-old child.

Police charged 25-year-old Gregory Justin Lawrence of the 700 block of Old Oyster Point Road with one count of cruelty and injuries to a child, a class six felony. He was also served with an emergency protective order.

According to police, the mother of the child told officers that Lawrence, her live-in boyfriend, had watched the girl the day before. The child told her mother the boyfriend hit her and her back hurt.

The mother also told police she found bruises on the child's back and chest.

Child Protective Services was notified and the child was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

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