Toddler may be paralyzed after being thrown by mother's boyfriend

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By Sarah Barchus

A 21-year-old man faces assault charges after he allegedly threw his girlfriend's 21-month-old daughter on a bed "like a sack of potatoes," the Pioneer Press reported.

Eric P. Boon was charged Friday for throwing Shawny Bradshaw, who medical professionals say may become a paraplegic as a result of Boon's actions, the Star Tribune reported.

On October 26, officers went to a house in Minneapolis, where Boon and his 21-year-old girlfriend Shanise Pruitt live in the basement, after receiving a call that a child was not breathing, the Star Tribune reported.

Boon was watching Shawny and his and Pruitt's newborn when the police were called. Boon said they were all sleeping when he woke up and discovered that the toddler wasn't breathing, the Pioneer Press reported.

Bradshaw was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where it was observed that she had swelling and bruises around her eye, chin and neck, the Star Tribune reported.

A county child protection investigator found out three days later that Boon had thrown the girl five feet, face-first onto the bed out of frustration after she had slipped out of his hands while he was carrying her down the stairs, the Star Tribune reported.

Doctors said that Shawny's serious high cervical-cord injury could have resulted from being thrown or from being subjected to other violent acts, the Star Tribune reported.

Boon is being held in the Hennepin County Jail, the Pioneer Press reported. His court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, the Star Tribune reported.

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