(As originally published, Thu, November 30th 2023, 6:59 PM EST)
NEW FLORENCE, Pa. (TND) — A man in Pennsylvania is being held without bond after an infant was admitted to the hospital with broken bones and severe bruising.
Christopher McClellan Timko, 30, was arrested Thursday.
Authorities said the two-month-old was taken to a pediatrician on Tuesday “for what was reported as a rash on the infant’s chest. The rash was diagnosed as an abrasion bruise and Timko was advised to take the child to Children’s Hospital, but did not seek further treatment.”
Investigators with the state’s Children and Youth Services visited Timko’s home, saw the baby, and “urged Timko to take the child to Children’s Hospital for treatment.”
On Wednesday, medical personnel there reported “bruising on the infant’s chest, legs, back, head and hands,” with “two possible rib fractures on the lower left side, and the infant also had fractures on both legs, according to state police,” who were notified about the victim being admitted with serious injuries.
“He allegedly admitted to physically abusing the infant after initially lying about the child’s injuries,” the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office said. “Timko told troopers he aggressively pulled on the infant’s legs out of frustration and anger and dropped the child onto the floor while holding the infant.
“State police said the injuries reportedly occurred over the last two weeks while the child’s mother was at work and was in the care of Timko.”
They did not describe Timko’s relationship with the baby’s mother.
He’s charged with two counts of aggravated assault of a child, and one count each of endangering the welfare of children and obstruction, and was denied bail.