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Woman arrested for injuries to baby left in van

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A Lebanon County woman has been jailed for causing severe injuries to an 8-month-old baby that was left unattended for nearly three hours over the summer.

Damaris Manrique, 37, of Jonestown, left the infant in her minivan in the 300 block of N. 5th Street in Lebanon between approximately 1:45 and 4:30 p.m. on July 24, Lebanon County detectives said Thursday.

As a result, the child suffered brain damage, blindness, deafness and other medical and physical disabilities, detectives said in a news release.

Manrique, identified as the guardian of the child, told investigators she had given the baby boy a bottle and left him in the van while she stood outside and talked to her mother and sister-in-law, according to the criminal complaint.

She said the boy was alone for about 15 minutes before her sister-in-law saw him "flopping around." She said her mother attempted CPR and they took the infant to Good Samaritan Hospital, the complaint states.

The baby was suffering from seizures and had a body temperature of 107 degrees when he was admitted to the hospital. He was later transferred to Penn State Hershey Medical Center where doctors said he would need a feeding tube and more than likely would never walk on his own, the complaint states.

While Manrique claimed the baby was alone for 15 minutes, authorities said she also told them that she dropped off her nephews at the YMCA Youth Center immediately before visiting her mother. YMCA records indicated the boys signed in at 1:33 p.m. and the baby arrived at Good Samaritan at 4:35 p.m., according to the complaint.

Authorities said in the court papers that only the driver's side window of the vehicle was open, and the outside temperature reached 77 degrees at 3 p.m. that day.

Manrique was charged with aggravated assault, endangering welfare of children and simple assault and sent to the Lebanon County Prison on $100,000 cash bail. 

A preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 8.


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