Myerstown area man charged in near-fatal abuse of infant son

Man charged in near-fatal abuse of 9-week-old son

SOUTH LEBANON TWP., Pa. - A Lebanon County man has been arrested for what authorities described as the near-fatal abuse of his infant son, state police announced Wednesday.

Logan Matthew was charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children.

The nine-week-old boy, suffering a series of seizures, was rushed from his home on Keller Drive in South Lebanon Township, near Myerstown, to the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lititz, Lancaster County, on Feb. 8.

Doctors found the boy to have bleeding on his brain and behind the eyes and at least six broken ribs, according to state police.

The baby, requiring more advanced treatment, was transferred to the Hershey Medical Center, where, investigators said, further evaluation revealed the baby had suffered permanent brain damage and visual impairment as a result of his injuries.

Court documents described a series of incidents in which the baby's mother told investigators that Matthew would "be too rough with him [the baby]."

"Is there a possibility that it could have happened from the way I held him? Yes," Matthew said in an interview with detectives. "There's a possibility that it could have happened from the way I held him, but I don't think so."

Matthew, 24, was subsequently arrested and committed Tuesday to the Lebanon County Prison on $500,000 bail.

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