A Washington man accused of striking a 3-year-old boy was arraigned Tuesday, July 31 but did not enter a plea, according to online court records and a news report.

Ralph Gagliardi made his first court appearance Tuesday in Bantam Superior Court. He faces charges of risk of injury to a child, disorderly conduct, third-degree assault and reckless endangerment, state police said.

According to authorities, Mr. Gagliardi was arrested Tuesday about 11:20 a.m. at a residence on Baldwin Hill Road.

"(The victim)...was acting up and was kicking and screaming," Mr. Gagliardi said in a police report, according to the Register Citizen (http://bit.ly/N8bbjd). "I wanted (the victim) to stop screaming so I grabbed (the victim) by his head and face with my right hand and carried him and put him in his bed."

It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Gagliardi and the victim are related.

Mr. Gagliardi, who was assigned a public defender for his arraignment, had been held in jail in lieu of $25,000, but a Superior Court judge on Tuesday raised bail to $35,000, online court records show.

The next court date is Aug. 10.

Mr. Gagliardi's court-appointed lawyer could not be reached for comment Friday.

No further details were available.

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