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Arrest made in 2-year-old NH boy's homicide

Officers were called to Howe Street in Manchester, NH around 11:30 a.m. Monday for a report of an unconscious 2-year-old boy. (WBZ-TV)

MANCHESTER, NH (WGME) -- A Manchester man faces two murder counts after his arrest in the homicide of a two-year-old boy in New Hampshire's largest city.

Officials said Mark Heath, 32, of Howe St. was arrested Wednesday evening on two counts of second degree murder.

A New Hampshire Attorney General's office press release said, "one charge alleges that he acted knowingly and one charge alleges that he acted recklessly" in the death of Jacob Pelletier’s by "inflicting blunt force trauma to his abdomen."

Police were called to Howe Street in Manchester around 11:30 a.m. Monday for a report of an unconscious 2-year-old boy.

Police say the child, identified as Jacob Pelletier, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The chief medical examiner determined his cause of death was blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

Heath’s arraignment will be Thursday in Hillsborough County Superior Court, Northern District, in Manchester at 1 p.m.

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