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Man Found Mentally Ill In Attack On Son

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick man is getting a mental-health evaluation but no jail time after he was found not criminally responsible for a near-fatal attack on his 19-month-old son.

Alton Ambush, 34, was convicted Tuesday of second-degree assault for squeezing the toddler until he turned blue and lost consciousness last September.

Judge Oliver Cejka then found Ambush not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder at the time of the attack.

The finding was based on a report by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Cejka ordered an evaluation to determine whether Ambush is a danger to himself or others.

He also ordered Ambush to continue mental health counseling, take prescribed medications and avoid unsupervised contact with children under 18.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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