Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dad charged with aggravated assault against 2-moth-old son (Jefferson, Pennsylvania)

Dad is identified as JEFFERY MICHAEL KENNEDY.

Pa. dad, 19, charged for allegedly shaking, seriously injuring 2-month-old son

By John Luciew on January 21, 2015 at 6:46 AM, updated January 21, 2015 at 6:59 AM

The charges against a young southwestern Pennsylvania father stem from hospital findings when the dad's 2-month-old son was admitted on Friday. At the time, the baby showed signs of shaken baby syndrome, including brain bleeding and detached retinas, the Associated Press is reporting.

As a result, Jeffery Michael Kennedy, 19, of Jefferson, Pa., finds himself charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the AP reports.

Police say the father admitted shaking his baby so hard the boy's eyes rolled back into his head, AP writes, adding:

Kennedy remained jailed Tuesday in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The Washington Observer-Reporter writes that the infant suffered bleeding on the brain and detached retinas in the assault Friday at a Greene County home.

The boy was released from a Morgantown, West Virginia hospital Monday. His family says he may have permanent damage to his vision.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 27.