New Providence man jailed for assault of baby girl

NEW PROVIDENCE, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster County man was arrested after police said he assaulted a 3-month-old girl.

Tyler R. Patterson, 24, of New Providence, is accused of causing serious injuries to the infant at a home in the first block of Main Street, state police in Lancaster said in a news release.

The baby girl was admitted to Lancaster General Hospital on March 15 for a fractured skull. She was later transferred to Penn State Hershey Medical Center where doctors found she also suffered brain and eye injuries, according to the criminal complaint.

Patterson told troopers he was lying on a sofa with the child and she rolled off his chest before striking a plastic cooler and the floor. The girl’s doctor, however, said her injuries were the result of a non-accidental injury and not consistent with Patterson’s explanation, the complaint states.

Patterson is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and endangering the welfare of children.

He was placed in Lancaster County Prison on $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled May 19.

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