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December 06, 2016

Middlesex County man arrested, allegedly burned child's face with lighter

Crime Aggravated Assaults
kareem hayes Toms River Police Department/Courtesy

Kareem Hayes, 36

A New Jersey man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly burned a child's face, the Toms River Police Department said Tuesday.

Kareem Hayes, 36, of New Brunswick, is charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

An investigation by detectives and the department's special victims unit revealed that Hayes allegedly used a lighter to purposefully burn a 6-year-old, who sustained second- and third-degree burns to the face, neck and ear, police said.

The child was allegedly in Hayes' care at his residence in Toms River.

Hayes was arrested Nov. 29 and faces $250,000 bail. He is being held in the Ocean County Jail.