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Man headed to trial for assault on infant daughter

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Carlisle-area man is headed to trial for an assault that caused permanent brain damage to his 2-month-old daughter.

Brendon Randall Groves, 25, of North Middleton Township, waived his preliminary hearing Monday and allowed all charges against him to proceed to Cumberland County Court.

Groves has been charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and reckless endangerment for the Aug. 4 incident at his Gobin Drive home.

According to the criminal complaint, Groves admitted to police that he was alone while caring for his daughter and became irritated when the baby would not stop crying.

He told investigators that he removed the child from her bouncy seat, held her with both hands near his chest, and threw her toward a couch 10 feet away, the complaint states.

Groves told police the baby struck her back against a table-like platform on the couch, tumbled over, and landed head and neck first on the floor, according to the complaint.

During the police interview, Groves told investigators that the child then had a large bowel movement that went through her clothes and onto his. He said he changed her and was attempting to feed her when her face became red and she began having trouble breathing.

He told police he called 911 and attempted CPR, the complaint states.

Police said in the complaint that when officers arrived at the home, emergency medical personnel were treating the girl, who was not breathing on her own and did not have a pulse.

She was taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for treatment. Her doctor told investigators that she had suffered a brain injury, broken ribs, abdominal bruising and a black eye, the complaint states.

When police spoke to the doctor again on August 23, she told them the girl remained blind in both eyes and was not expected to ever walk, talk, drink or feed herself due to the injuries she sustained, the complaint states.

Groves's bail at Cumberland County Prison was reduced from $750,000 cash to $500,000 cash during the hearing.

His formal arraignment was set for November 14.

 

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