Man accused of assaulting infant son

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) — A Lebanon County man is accused of assaulting his 5-month-old son.

Vernell H. Nickens IV, 32, of Jonestown, is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, and recklessly endangerment.

State police said the baby on Jan. 13 was suffering from excessive vomiting and had a lack of appetite. The symptoms continued for the next two days and on Jan. 15 he was admitted to Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Investigators said the child was bleeding from the brain and eyes and had a possible leg fracture. The baby underwent emergency surgery for the injuries.

Nickens was placed in Lebanon County Prison on $50,000 bail.

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