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Sanford man charged with hitting and shaking twin infants

SPRINGVALE (WGME) -- Newborn twins were beaten so badly that they spent four days in the hospital.

21-year-old Anthony Carpinelli made his first appearance before a judge via video monitor from York County Jail.

He was distraught and appeared to be crying throughout the hearing.

Carpinelli was charged with four counts of assault, accused of hitting and shaking his 2 month old twins.

Police say Carpinelli physically abused his baby boy and shook his baby girl while he was supposed to be caring for them Thursday night.

His twin kids were released Tuesday from the Barbara Bush Chilren's Hospital in Portland.

Police say the abuse happened in a Sanford apartment where Carpinelli lives with the baby's mother, Nichole Morrill.

Detective Sarah Roberts says Morrill wasn't there when the alleged abuse happened but that she arrived home Friday morning to find her twins with serious injuries.

Carpinelli is being held on $25,000 cash bail, or $100,000 surety bail.

If he makes bail, he's not allowed to have alcohol, weapons and will not have any contact with the babies or their mom.

Carpinelli is due back in court on August 15 for a status conference.

A fund has been setup to help Nichole pay for the medical bills. To learn more, CLICK HERE