Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dad to be charged with murder of 2-month-old daughter; girl died of brain injuries during his visitation time (Vandergrift, Pennsylvania)

Dad MATTHEW MILISITS is to be charged with murder, after his infant daughter received fatal brain injuries during his visitation time.

This previous article clarifies that this was a custody/visitation situation.


Shaken baby dies, Vandergrift man to face murder charge

By Jodi Weigand and Chuck Biedka

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 12:00 p.m. Updated 2 hours ago

A 2-month-old girl has died from injuries she suffered when police say a Vandergrift man shook her to get her to stop crying.

Sophia Ludwiczak died of lack of oxygen to the brain due to cranial injury, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office.

State police Trooper Joe Zandarski said the family took the baby off of life support at Children’s Hospital Monday evening.

State police say Matthew Milisits, 30, of Sherman Avenue, Vandergrift, admitted to shaking the baby Thursday morning because she wouldn’t stop crying, according to a criminal complaint filed to support charges.

Zandarski said he anticipates homicide charges to be filed against Milisits, who is jailed on charges of aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children.

Police identified Milisits as Sophia’s father, but Milisits later said he isn’t sure if he is the biological father.

Police say that on Thursday morning when Milisits returned the infant back to her mother, Samantha Ludwiczak, of Wysocki Avenue, North Apollo, the infant was unresponsive.

Milisits initially denied knowing how the baby girl was injured. But eventually admitted that after the child started crying, he shook her “violently” to get her to stop.