Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dad charged with assaulting 2-month-old daughter to appear in court; baby has permanent disabilities (North Middleton Township, Pennsylvania)

Dad is identified as BRENDON R. GROVES.


Father accused of assaulting infant daughter scheduled to appear in court

By Jeremy Arias on September 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

A North Middleton Township man who police said blinded and permanently disabled his 2-month-old daughter after throwing her into a couch last month will appear in court today.

Brendon R. Groves, 25, is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Paul Fegley at 11 a.m. for a preliminary hearing on charges of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child by a parent and simple assault, according to Cumberland County court records.

Groves allegedly confessed his role in the assault to police under questioning shortly after the Aug. 4 incident, in which police responded to Groves' home in the 900 block of Gobin Drive to find the infant unresponsive.

According to police, Groves said he threw the infant about 10 feet into the couch after he became irritated when she would not stop crying. The infant struck a platform on the couch, then landed on her head on the floor, police said.

Physicians told police the child was rendered blind in the assault and likely received permanent brain damage that will limit her mobility and ability to care for herself in the future, police said.