Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Police: Dad head-butted, broke legs of 7-week-old son (Fayette County, Pennsylvania)

Dad PHILLIP EUGENE SILVERS has been charged with aggravated and simple assault and child endangerment for abusing his 7-week-old son. Seems Daddy was "angry" because the baby was crying (a crying newborn! the nerve!) so he head-butted the child and twisted his legs till the bones fractured. Of course he was babysitting.


Police say father head-butted, broke legs of infant son
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
By Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Fayette County man was charged today with physically abusing his infant son, who is being treated at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for injuries that include broken bones.

Phillip Eugene Silvers, 31, of Everson, was arraigned on charges of aggravated and simple assault, child endangerment and reckless endangerment. State police arrested him this morning after he admitted to head-butting his 7-week-old son earlier this week because he was angry that the baby would not stop crying, troopers said. The force caused the baby's nose to bleed.

Mr. Silvers said he head-butted the infant once before and said that he "twisted the victim's legs because he would not stop crying," state police said.

The baby's mother told police that on Sunday, she returned home to find Mr. Silvers suctioning blood from her son's nose. When she asked him what had happened, police said, he told her he'd accidently head-butted the baby in the face.

Doctors at Children's said the boy suffered injuries all over his body, and both his legs were fractured.

State police were alerted to the suspected child abuse by Fayette County Children and Youth Services. Mr. Silvers was being held in the county jail on $75,000 bond.

Sadie Gurman: sgurman@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878.

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