Sunday, September 6, 2015

Separated dad charged with assaulting infant daughter (Union Township, Pennsylvania)

It is widely known that post-marital separation is the most dangerous time for women and children. And yet violent men are continually allowed child access, even to the most vulnerable infants and toddlers. Too often the results are just like this.

Dad is identified as KIM PAUL SANKEY.

Father waives abuse charges to court

Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 7:15 am

All charges against a Union Township man arrested for abusing his infant daughter have been waived to court.

Kim Paul Sankey, 36, of 15 Oakwood Ave., was charged by Union Township police with aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children following a May 13 incident. He remains free on $50,000 bond. He is represented by attorney David J. Shrager of Pittsburgh.

His preliminary hearing was scheduled in Central Court on Tuesday before District Judge Jerry Cartwright. His formal arraignment in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court is scheduled for Nov . 3.

According to court documents, Sankey, who is separated from his wife, was staying at their Oakwood Avenue home on May 12 to 14 caring for their infant daughter and 2-year-old son while the mother was away.

According to a police report, on the morning of May 13 he notified his wife that their daughter had a black eye and bruising on the head and knee. The child was taken to a local doctor then transferred to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. There, doctors told a Children and Youth Services case worker the child had a fractured skull and bleeding in the brain which they attributed to child abuse.

Police said Sankey told them he had fallen asleep while standing up and feeding his daughter a bottle about 2 a.m. on May 13. He said the infant fell from his arms. However, doctors at Children's Hospital said the baby's injuries were inconsistent with that explanation.

Union Township police filed charges after determining the injuries were sustained while the infant was in Sankey's care, and no one else was in the house at the time the injuries were inflicted.