Sunday, August 3, 2014

"Caretaking" dad charged with aggravated assault against 2-month-old son; baby on life support (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Apparently another case where an abuser daddy played at caretaker while Mom was forced to work and support the family.

Why mothers need paid maternity leaves in this country--and not deadbeat, violent, useless fathers who can't even take care of a puppy without f***king up. .

Dad is identified as BRIAN ARMSTRONG.

2-Month-Old Boy on Life Support, Bail Set at $5M for Father

By Alison Burdo and David Chang

The father of a young boy who is on life support was arrested in connection to the death of his son.

Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 • Updated at 11:41 AM EDT

Bail has been set at $5 million for a Philadelphia man as his 2-month-old son remains on life support.

Police said they began questioning the child's father, 20-year-old Brian Armstrong, late Friday evening after his account of what happened did not match up with the injuries sustained by his infant son.

Armstrong is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and other related offenses. He was arraigned Sunday morning with bail set at $5 million. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 20.

Police began questioning 20-year-old Brian Armstrong Friday evening when his infant son was hospitalized in extremely critical condition. On Saturday, Armstrong was charged with aggravated assault.

The child appeared limp in his father's arms Friday afternoon, when Armstrong frantically ran out of his home on the 6200 block of Old York Road in the city's Ogontz section and screamed for help, according to witnesses at the scene.

Armstrong -- calling out for any passerby to drive him to a hospital -- was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center with the child's grandfather and the baby, who had blood coming out of his ear, according to witnesses.

Officials with Albert Einstein informed police around 5:20 p.m. Friday that the critically injured 2-month-old was in the emergency room. The infant was transferred to Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, where he was resuscitated at least once, according to officials.

He is currently on life support at Saint Christopher's.

Police say the mother was at work at the time of the incident.