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Newport man sentenced for hitting child, causing bruising

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A Newport man will serve time in jail for hitting his toddler-aged daughter to the point of causing bruising as he watched her while the girl's mother was in jail herself.

Matthew D. Smith, 22, was ordered Thursday to spend 180 days in jail and complete a domestic violence program as part of his Washington County District Court sentencing for malicious punishment of a child under age 4, a felony.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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