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NEWPORT NEWS -- A Newport News father was charged Wednesday with abusing his 2-month-old child.

Police say 30-year-old Charles Herbert Reed Jr. was arguing with his girlfriend around 2:30 a.m. at their home in the first block of Colony Square Court when the alleged abuse occurred.

During the argument, Reed's girlfriend put their baby boy in a car seat and then placed the car seat in a bassinet, police said. Reed allegedly threatened his girlfriend and then flipped over the bassinet, causing the child to fall onto the floor.

Medics responded to the scene and said the baby was not injured.

Reed was arrested and charged with assault, assault on a family member - 3rd or subsequent offense and child abuse.

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