Kansas Toddler Found with Octopus Lodged in His Throat, Mother's Boyfriend Arrested

Kansas Toddler Found With Octopus Lodged in Throat, Mom's Boyfriend Arrested
Matthew Gallagher
Courtesy Sedgwick Sheriff's Office

04/07/2016 AT 02:10 PM EDT

A toddler in Kansas was rushed to the hospital with an octopus lodged in his throat in a suspicious incident involving the mother's live-in boyfriend, PEOPLE confirms.

Matthew Gallagher, 36, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse after doctors found the two-inch squid stuck in the 2-year-old boy's throat, a Wichita Police Department spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

"The octopus appeared to have gotten there from a sushi dish," the spokesperson says.

Police say boy's mother, 21, returned home on Tuesday at around 9:30 p.m. to find Gallagher giving her son CPR because he was not breathing.

She contacted authorities and the boy was rushed to the hospital. Doctors extracted the octopus from the boy's throat and he was initially listed in critical but stable condition.

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The spokesperson says that the toddler also had bruises on his face.

As of Thursday, the boy was listed in good condition, the spokesperson adds.

Police questioned Gallagher about the toddler's injuries and arrested him, with the spokesperson noting that Gallagher's story was "inconsistent with the child's injuries."

Gallagher was held at Sedgwick County Jail, but has since bonded out, per The Wichita Eagle. He has not been charged, police say.
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