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Orange County man rejects plea offer in child injury case

An Orange County man wants a trial to face charges he injured a child. 24-year-old Justin Brooks rejected a plea bargain to serve ten years in prison. Brooks is charged with injuring now 4-year-old Ricky Fountain. (Photos provided by Sherry Hickman)

An Orange County man wants a trial to face charges he injured a child. 24-year-old Justin Brooks rejected a plea bargain to serve ten years in prison.

Brooks is charged with injuring now 4-year-old Ricky Fountain by, according the September 2016 indictment, hitting the child on the head and body with an unknown object, by causing the child's head to strike an object, by hitting the child on the head and body with his hand, by burning the child on the head and body with a cigarette, and by burning the child on the head and body with a lighter.

The indictment stems from injuries the child suffered on Aug. 20, 2015 at an Orange apartment complex.

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