Man arrested in bomb case


October 13, 2005|By JUSTIN FENTON

A 21-year-old Cecil County man has been arrested and charged with constructing a "soda bottle bomb," the contents of which were ingested by a 17-month-old child who was hospitalized in critical condition.

State fire marshals said two explosive devices were constructed from soda bottles and detonated in Rising Sun. One was left in a field near the victim's home.

Four days later, on Oct. 4, Breckin Lawrence Allgood was playing outdoors under the supervision of a relative when he found the remains of the device and ingested them. He was in critical but stable condition at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.

Paul Matthew James Jr. was charged Tuesday with two counts of constructing a destructive device. He could be sentenced to as much as 25 years in prison and fined up to $250,000.

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