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January 3, 2014

More details emerge in Blair County beating

TYRONE — State police say a Blair County man claimed his mother was badly beaten by a burglar, but that her texts and phone calls to relatives – and blood found on her son’s clothes – show he beat her with a sledgehammer while looking for prescription pills shortly after being released from a drug rehab center.

Matthew James Baldessaro, 30, of Tyrone, allegedly beat his mother just before noon Tuesday, according to an Altoona Mirror report, not shortly before midnight as was originally reported by several media outlets.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Baldessaro who faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 14 on attempted homicide and other charges.

Police say his 55-year-old mother was hospitalized with a fractured skull, broken jaw, and broken orbital bone.

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