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Police arrest most wanted fugitive in Belchertown

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Keith Truehart (Mass. State Police file photo) Keith Truehart (Mass. State Police file photo)
Picture of Truehart's hideout (Photo from Mass. State Police) Picture of Truehart's hideout (Photo from Mass. State Police)
Picture of Truehart's hideout (Photo from Mass. State Police) Picture of Truehart's hideout (Photo from Mass. State Police)
BELCHERTOWN, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A man, who was considered one of the state's most wanted, has been taken into custody in Belchertown.

Massachusetts State Police said that around 5 a.m. Wednesday, members of the Belchertown Police Department, along with the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, captured 30-year-old Keith Truehart, whom investigators allege caused serious injuries to his girlfriend's 9-month-old daughter.

State police said in a statement that Truehart was found, "under a sink in that same girlfriend's apartment on North Main Street in Belchertown in a makeshift hideout he had built from wood and Sheetrock."

Truehart was wanted on warrants charging him with assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury, intimidation of a witness, assault and battery, and malicious destruction of property.

Investigators said based on evidence, the child reportedly suffered severe head and facial injuries while she was alone with Truehart in November 2014.

"During a medical examination of the injuries, the child was also found to have suffered previous fractures of two of her ribs. Evidence established that the child's severe injuries were inflicted by Truehart and could not have been the result of an accident," state police said.

Truehart fled to avoid capture as police began their investigation. He was added to the state police's Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list just last week.

"Police recently developed information suggesting that Truehart had returned to his girlfriend's apartment," state police said, which is where he was located Wednesday morning.

Truehart was ordered held without bail following his arraignment Wednesday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

The Commonwealth filed a motion to hold Truhart as a danger for up to 90 days pending trial. A hearing on that motion has been scheduled for June 16.

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