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February 14, 2014

City man accused of assaulting baby daughter

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man was jailed Friday after being accused of causing massive injuries to the head and body of his 16-month-old daughter.

Maurice A. Davis, 26, of the 600 block of Oak Street, is charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children.

In a criminal complaint, city police said they were called to Memorial Medical Center on Jan. 24 for a severely injured toddler.

The child was stabilized before she was flown by medical helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Davis, the child’s father, said the girl had fallen down the steps of the third-floor attic, police said in a criminal complaint. Davis said he had turned his back for a moment to put a movie on the television when he suddenly heard a thud and then screaming.

The child cried for a moment and then went limp, Davis said, so he called for an ambulance, according to the complaint.

Physicians believe it was a case of child abuse.

“She has abusive head trauma,” Dr. Rachel Berger of Children’s Hospital reported. “Her constellation of injuries is not consistent with a fall down stairs.”

The child’s injuries included damage to the brain, a broken collarbone and multiple bruises and abrasions.

Police said the girl was with Davis, who has visitation rights. He had sole care of the child for several days, police said.

Davis was arraigned by on-call District Judge Michael Musulin of Johns­town and sent to the Cambria County Prison where is being held on $200,000 bond.

Davis has a criminal record in Cambria County that shows guilty pleas to drug and alcohol charges.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

 

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