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Assault left baby with fractured skull, police say

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Robert Kelley Jr. Robert Kelley Jr.
LEMOYNE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Lemoyne man has been jailed for assaulting and endangering a 5-month-old boy who suffered a fractured skull and brain injuries, according to police.

Robert Kelley Jr., 19, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and endangering the welfare of a child, West Shore Regional police said.

According to the criminal complaint, Kelley and his girlfriend on the night of Oct. 10 took the baby to Holy Spirit Hospital, where doctors found the child had suffered two skull fractures, severe brain injuries, bruising to both wrists, and aged bruising to his buttocks and genital area.

Kelley told police he had been watching the baby at his home in the 200 block of Herman Avenue. He said his dog jumped up and scratched the child's face in the morning, and he stated that the infant rolled from the couch to the carpeted floor that afternoon, the complaint states.

During an interview Oct. 11, Kelley told investigators that he took the boy with him when he went to Harrisburg to buy and use heroin. He also changed his story and said that when they returned home, the baby was in an infant seat on the edge of the kitchen table while he was folding laundry, police said in the complaint.

Doctors at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where the child was transferred for treatment, said the baby's injuries would not have occurred from either of the described scenarios, the complaint states.

Kelley also admitted he caused the bruising to the baby's buttocks when he spanked the child a week earlier, the complaint states.

Police said during a search warrant at Kelley's house, he provided officers with multiple items used for drug use, and he admitted he took a small blue tourniquet from the hospital, the document states.

He was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and theft.

Kelly was being held in the Cumberland County Prison on $100,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 23.

The infant remained in the intensive care unit at Penn State Hershey on Tuesday. According to the complaint, one doctor told police that victims with such injuries typically suffer long-term disabling side effects.

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