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Man faces hearing in baby’s death

The Lynn man accused of fatally assaulting a baby boy is scheduled to return to court Thursday for a pretrial hearing.

Anthony Gideika, 33, was arraigned earlier this month on charges of beating 3-month-old Chase Gideika, who died July 8 of massive head injuries consistent with being violently shaken and slammed. Gideika pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $100,000 bail.

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Police said Gideika told investigators he had recently learned that Chase and his twin brother were not his biological children, a discovery that “set him off” and led him to start abusing prescription drugs.

He has been charged with bringing suboxone, a medication used to treat opiate dependence, in prison, officials said.

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In 2012, the state Department of Children & Families took the twins’ 2-year-old brother from the home that their mother, Jennifer Nelson, shared with Gideika. DCF had a report that the tot was found wandering the streets alone.

The twins were born with drugs in their systems.

Police said Chase Gideika sustained a skull fracture, internal bleeding, and leg fractures consistent with shaking or jerking. His brother, Anthony, was apparently unharmed and was taken into protective custody.

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In an obituary posted on the website of The Daily Item of Lynn, Chase was remembered as a “very happy baby.”

“He was just starting to learn Tummy Time, and he began his baby coos,” it read.

Peter Schworm can be reached at schworm@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globepete.
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