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Was Man Arrested on Suspicion of Child Abuse Inspiration for Early Taylor Swift Hit?

Courtesy Sumner County Sheriff's Dept.A man named Andrew Hardwick, arrested in connection with a child abuse complaint in Hendersonville, Tennessee on Saturday, reportedly is the same Andrew Hardwick who inspired Taylor Swift's early hit "Teardrops on My Guitar."

The New York magazine website Vulture reports that the man arrested is, indeed, the "Drew" in the 2007 hit -- the boy Taylor describes herself as having a crush on, but who never notices her.  "Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he won't see / That I want and I'm needing everything that we should be," sings Taylor.

The Hendersonville Star News reports that Hardwick, as well as two others -- Joni Hardwick and Christopher Hardwick -- were charged after local police found a three-year-old girl with serious injuries, including severe bruising and swelling on her face, and a concussion. 

Another individual, Amber Hardwick, told police that the victim and a five-year-old girl were upstairs in a home with Andrew, when the five-year-old came downstairs and informed her that Andrew had hit her in the face.  Christopher Hardwick then confronted Andrew and called for help. 

It's not clear how the Hardwicks are related to each other.

Christopher told police that he witnessed Andrew striking the three-year-old in the face, and the paper reports that police saw something that appeared to be blood on Andrew's hand.  The five-year-old stated that Andrew hit her in the face, but she didn't require medical care.

Citing affidavits, the paper reports that when police arrived on the scene, Christopher appeared intoxicated and was "belligerent" to officers, shoved one away and became "aggressive."  Christopher told police that both he and Andrew had been drinking.

Andrew was charged with aggravated child abuse and child abuse and is currently out on bond.  Joni was charged with simple assault and resisting arrest. She also is out on bond. Christopher was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.  Both Andrew and Joni have February court dates; Christopher's is in January.

A couple of years after "Teardrops on My Guitar" became a hit, Taylor told the Washington Post that Drew showed up at her house.  "He was like, 'Hey, how's it going?'" recalled Taylor. "And I'm like, 'Wow, you're late. Good to see you.'"  She noted that they were "civilized," however.

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