Lebanon couple charged in infant’s death

Kimberly Sourwine and Jason Kurtz. (submitted)

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) — A Lebanon couple is facing charges after an investigation into the death of their 4-month-old son.

Jason Kurtz, 37, and Kimberly Sourwine, 31, are in prison on $750,000 bail.

Officials were called to Sourwine’s Guilford Street apartment on Jan. 12 after the baby boy was found unresponsive. He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

Police said an investigation found the child was placed face down in a mechanical swing in an attempt to put him to sleep. They said the boy was in the care of his father, and Kurtz left him and his young siblings unattended for about 20 minutes while he went to a bar to buy beer.

“To place an infant face down in a child’s seat and then go off to the local bar to get beer and have no concern for that child while you are gone, I just find to be unbelievable,” Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold said.

When Sourwine returned home from work that night, she but didn’t check on the baby until about an hour later, police said.

An autopsy found the child had previous healing injuries such as a fractured vertebra and rib fractures. The autopsy was unable to determine the cause of death, but officials say the injuries were consistent with abuse.

“I find it amazing that this sort of activity still takes place,” Arnold said. “The abuse and neglect that took place in this case, I find it to be horrendous.”

Arnold said it took a while to charge the parents because of the number of medical tests that needed to be completed.

Officials say the baby’s twin brother also had a healing rib fracture. The couple’s other children are in protective custody.

“They weren’t the best parents I’ve seen,” said Timothy Beaudoin, who lives behind the apartment.

He added that despite what he heard of the couple, he was still shocked to hear about their arrests.

“I [have] four kids of my own and they’ve never had anything broken,” he said. “You can only assume it had to do with the parents.”

Kurtz is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and endangering the welfare of children. Sourwine is charged with endangering the welfare of children.

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