A Massachusetts man charged with trying to poison his sick daughter pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges.
On Wednesday, 32-year-old Christopher Conley pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to charges of attempted murder and assault and battery on a child.
Police say Conley poured drain cleaner into a tube in his chronically ill 7-year-old daughter’s stomach that connects to her intestines.
Conley says he wanted to end the girl’s pain.
In April, the child underwent a seven-hour surgery to remove two thirds of her small intestine and a part of her bladder.
Prosecutors say the girl’s medical condition improved in foster care and say Conley may have been abusing his daughter for years.
Conley’s lawyer says the defendant “did not hurt his daughter” and said the statement he gave to police was under extreme stress.
Conley was ordered to be held on $100,000 bail.
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