MOUNT JOY, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster County man is facing charges for the abuse of a 5-month-old boy who sustained major head injuries.
Daniel D. Deleon, 28, of Mount Joy Township, was arraigned Friday on felony aggravated assault and related charges.
The district attorney’s office said Deleon was in a relationship with the child’s mother and caring for the boy June 1 when police and medics were called to his home for a report of an infant not breathing. Emergency responders said the boy appeared to be in a “trance” and was not responsive.
The infant was taken to Lancaster General Hospital then moved to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for an operation to remove part of his skull to alleviate the swelling caused by a brain injury. The child was placed on a ventilator and survived after the life-saving surgery.
Doctors said the brain injuries would have instantly caused the baby to go limp.
Deleon is charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of endangering a child and reckless endangerment. He was placed in Lancaster County Prison on $100,000 bail.