NANTY GLO, Pa. (AP) – Police say a central Pennsylvania man stabbed his grandmother with a syringe while they argued about his drug use.

Forty-one-year-old James Machuta Jr., of Nanty Glo, remained in the Cambria County jail on Wednesday, unable to post bond on aggravated assault, drug paraphernalia and other charges.

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Police say Machuta stuck her foot with the needle before stomping on her foot several times Monday..

According to a criminal complaint, a witness told police Machuta has hepatitis C and beats his grandmother when he can’t find drugs.

Police charged him with possessing drug paraphernalia after finding empty drug needles, heroin bags and other items.

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Machuta’s grandmother told police she doesn’t want drugs in her house and is trying to get help for her grandson.

Online court records don’t list a defense attorney.

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