Police say they arrested a Pottsville man on Tuesday for violently shaking an infant last year at a home in Port Carbon.
The baby suffered severe injuries from the incident at 427 Second St. back in September 2020.
According to information released today by State Police in Schuylkill Haven, 26-year-old Patrick Tyler Curran is accused of subjecting an 11-month-old boy to “violent, adult-force sharking” some time between the evening of Sept. 25 and the early morning hours of Sept. 26.
On Tuesday, police arrested Curran and he was arraigned before District Judge David Plachko. Curran faces felony aggravated assault charges as well as charges of endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment, and harassment.
Pottsville Man Charged in Baby Shaking Incident
You may remember us reporting on this incident in late-September last year but details on it were scarce at the time.
Back at that time, the State Police major case team was activated when it learned that an 11-month old boy was injured and taken via Medivac helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. When the baby arrived at the hospital, he was suffering from several severe brain bleeds, bruising, retinal hemorrhaging, and abrasions.
The baby had been at his mother’s home in Port Carbon during the time he suffered the injuries, police say, with Curran. He told police that the baby had fallen from bed.
After receiving emergency medical care at the hospital, the baby was then seen by Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Child Protective Medicine physicians. They determined that the injuries suffered by the baby were not caused by a fall from a bed. Instead, they determined due to the severity of the brain injuries that the baby was shaken by an adult. Physicians also believe the baby will suffer long-term injuries as a result of this incident, including physical, cognitive, developmental and behavioral health issues.
Curran was sent to Schuylkill County Prison on Tuesday after he was unable to post 10% of $50,000 cash bail. His preliminary hearing is set for March 2 at 9 a.m.