Man arrested after 2-year-old gets octopus lodged in throat

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A Kansas man was reportedly arrested after a 2-year-old boy under his supervision was taken to a hospital with an octopus lodged in this throat, according to The Wichita Eagle.

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The toddler's mother came home on Tuesday night and found her boyfriend Matthew Gallagher, 36, administering CPR to her son.

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The boy was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors removed an octopus with a head approximately two inches in diameter, which may have been meant for sushi, according to WDAF.

It is unclear how the tiny sea creature got stuck in the child's throat, but small wounds were found on his face, which investigators believe may be signs of child abuse.

Gallagher was taken into custody on suspicion of child abuse and has since been released on bond.

The toddler's condition is improving and he has not shown any signs of long-term injury caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain, according to doctors.

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