Kansas man charged in octopus-in-throat case


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man is charged with felony child endangerment in connection with a small octopus found wedged in the throat of his girlfriend’s toddler in April.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/28IgIY0 ) reports Sedgwick County prosecutors charged 36-year-old Matthew Gallagher on Thursday.

The criminal complaint alleges that Gallagher “unlawfully and recklessly” caused or allowed the 2-year-old boy “to be placed in a situation in which the child’s life, body or health” is at risk.

Gallagher made an initial court appearance Thursday with his attorney, whose name was not immediately available. Gallagher was later freed on bond.

Police have said the boy’s mother told investigators she returned home from work April 5 and found Gallagher performing CPR on her son. The boy was later released from the hospital.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com