Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dad charged in beating of 4-month-old son; baby has life-threatening injuries (Greene County, New York)

No surprise that dad KIRK BERRY is also abusive towards the baby's mother and sister. Men like this tend to abuse both women and children.

Greene County infant badly injured in beating; father charged

Kirk Berry , Daily Freeman
Posted: 06/11/15, 10:55 AM EDT | Updated: 6 days ago


A 4-month-old boy was fighting for his life at Albany Medical Center after being beaten by his father, a state police lieutenant said Thursday.

Lt. Michael Drake said the boy was in critical condition as of Wednesday and was “in no way, shape or form out of the woods.”

Drake said the boy, whose name was not released, was being “monitored diligently by the hospital” and continued to have seizures due to pressure on his brain caused by cranial bleeding.

The boy’s father, Kirk Berry, 27, of 512 state Route 32A in Palenville, was caring for the child at their home on June 5 when he “became angry” and caused the life-threatening injuries, Drake said.

Berry was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony assault.

The child’s injuries were the result of “blunt force trauma to the brain, caused by being struck,” Drake said, adding police had not determined a motive for the assault.

Drake said investigation has revealed “a little bit of a pattern” of physical and verbal abuse by Berry of the infant, the boy’s 2-year-old sibling and the children’s mother at the family’s residence.

The 2-year-old, whose gender was not provided, has been removed from the home by Greene County Child Protective Services and will remain in that agency’s custody “until we can sort things out,” Drake said.

He said the children’s 25-year-old mother, who he described as “also a victim,” is still in the area.

The infant was taken to the Albany Medical Center by ambulance after Berry called 911 from the residence, Drake said.

Police were notified of the assault by the Albany Medical Center after personnel there “realized the injuries were due to something other than a natural cause.”

Berry was arraigned in Cairo Town Court and sent to the Greene County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.