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Feds: Massachusetts man sent white powder to Trump son

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BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on the arrest of a man charged with sending white powder letters to five people, including Donald Trump Jr. (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

A Massachusetts man charged with sending letters with white powder to five people, including one to Donald Trump Jr., has been placed on leave from his job with a Roman Catholic charitable organization.

Daniel Frisiello (friz-ee-EHL'-oh), of Beverly, was arrested Thursday. He is being held pending a detention hearing scheduled for Monday.

Frisiello worked at Catholic Charities of Boston's Peabody child care center. Catholic Charities is an arm of the Archdiocese of Boston.

A spokeswoman says Frisiello was placed on leave immediately after the FBI informed the organization of his arrest. It wasn't immediately known how long he worked there.

The FBI assured the charity that "the charges do not involve any activity in his role at Catholic Charities."

The organization says it performed a background check on Frisiello when he was hired and is cooperating fully in the FBI investigation.

2:25 p.m.

A Massachusetts man charged with sending letters with white powder to five people, including one to Donald Trump Jr., has been held pending a detention hearing next week.

Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, showed no emotion as he was led into federal court in Worcester on Thursday wearing a red polo shirt with his hands cuffed and ankles shackled.

A prosecutor said during the hearing that a family member told authorities the 23-year-old Frisiello may be on medication for suicidal thoughts.

Federal authorities say Frisiello sent five envelopes early last month that included threatening messages often containing profanities and white substances. The envelopes were postmarked in Boston. The white substance turned out to be nonhazardous.

The letter to the president's son was opened by Vanessa Trump on Feb. 12. She called 911 and reported she was coughing and felt nauseous. She was hospitalized briefly.

11:55 a.m.

A Massachusetts man has been charged with sending a letter with a white powder to Donald Trump Jr. that landed his wife, Vanessa, in the hospital.

Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, was arrested Thursday. He is expected to appear in federal court in Worcester later Thursday. It could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

Federal authorities say he also sent letters containing powder to four other people, including the office of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, of Michigan.

The letter to the president's son was opened by Vanessa Trump on Feb. 12. She called 911 and reported she was coughing and felt nauseous. She was hospitalized briefly.

The substance in the letter turned out to be cornstarch.

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