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January 23, 2014

Dad charged with knocking kids' heads together

BEVERLY — A Florida man has been ordered to have no contact with his children while charges that he knocked their heads together because they didn’t want to spend the weekend with him are pending.

Warren Brown’s parents posted $25,000 bail for Brown, 46, of Windermeer, Fla., on Saturday, a day after the incident outside a pizza restaurant in North Beverly Plaza on Dodge Street.

According to a police report, Brown had traveled from Florida to spend the weekend with his daughter, 12, and son, 10, at his parents’ home in the Worcester County town of Berlin.

Brown’s ex-wife, a Manchester-by-the-Sea woman, told police that the children did not want to go with their father that weekend and were resisting getting into his car, when he “forcefully smashed” their heads together.

The girl suffered a swollen nose, and the boy complained that his head “hurt,” according to the police report; the children’s mother later submitted photos to police that she said showed their injuries.

Questioned by police, Brown said he was trying to get the children into his car when they each bit him on his arms. Brown told police he “pushed their heads together” to get them to stop biting him.

The police report notes that officers saw no visible bite marks on Brown.

The children also told police that Brown frequently gets angry, and that’s why they didn’t want to spend the weekend with him.

Their mother subsequently obtained a restraining order barring him from contact with her or the kids.

On Tuesday, Salem District Court Judge Robert Brennan also added a no-contact order to Brown’s conditions of release while the two domestic assault and battery charges are pending.

A status hearing in the case is scheduled for March 7.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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