Dad JOSHUA W. MILLER is on trial for the assault of his infant son, who developed a subdural brain bleed from physical abuse. As is typical in shaken baby cases, the baby was being watched by the father when the injury occurred. In this case, Mom was at work while Daddy was doing the stay-at-home father thing.
November 8, 2010
NEW – Testimony opens in shaken-baby case
Sandra K Reabuck
The Tribune-Democrat Mon Nov 08, 2010, 12:57 PM EST
EBENSBURG — Testimony opened this morning in the trial of a Johnstown man accused of shaking his infant son so severerly that the baby had bleeding into the brain.
Joshua W. Miller, 32, formerly of Stone Street, is charged with aggravated assault, child endangerment, reckless endangerment and simple assault.
Assistant District Attorney Tamara Bernstein told the jury that the baby did not have health problems prior to his being rushed to Memorial Medical Center shortly after 10 p.m. Jan. 14, 2009.
Doctors determined that the baby - who had been in care of the father while the mother was at work - had subdural bleeding into the brain, caused by physical abuse, Bernstein said.
But the defense - led by Chief Public Defender Lisa Lazzari - is contending that the baby had suffered a head injury during birth that result in the bleeding.
The baby’s mother, Amy McCullough, testified this morning that the boy - now just days away from this second birthday - is healthy and not under the care of any specialists.
The trial is expected to last about three days.