A Mount Joy Township man is charged with fracturing the skull of a 5-month-old infant, causing severe brain injury, according to police.
Daniel David Deleon, 28, of Covington Court, was charged with felonies of aggravated assault and aggravated assault of a victim less than 13. He was also charged with misdemeanors of endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person.
In charging documents, police allege Deleon caused severe head injury to the infant while the infant’s mother was running errands June 1.
About two hours after she left, the woman got a call from Deleon who said he was changing the boy’s diaper when he went unresponsive, according to an affidavit.
She returned home and called 911, the affidavit states.
Emergency crews responded and took the boy to Lancaster General Hospital. A Northwest Regional police officer also responded and, after talking to the family, thought the boy had a seizure, according to the affidavit.
Later that night an LGH nurse called police to say that the boy had sustained massive brain swelling and was being transported to Hershey Medical Center.
A portion of the boy’s skull was removed to alleviate the “extensive brain swelling,” the affidavit states.
He had injuries on his head so severe that he sustained a fractured skull.
The boy is still hospitalized, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.
Detective Kenneth Henry filed charges against Deleon. Lancaster County Detectives assisted in the investigation.
Deleon posted $100,000 bail at arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Jayne F. Duncan on Friday, Aug. 11.