Police: York man injured infant with baby bottle

Liz Evans Scolforo

A York City man is accused of injuring his 3-month-old son last month because the child wouldn't stop "fussing," West York Police said.

Christopher E. Kroll, 22, remains in York County Prison on $25,000 bail, charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child. It's believed he was most recently living with a family member on Chestnut Street in York City, according to charging documents.

The alleged assault happened Nov. 8 at the home of the baby and his mother in the 1200 block of West Princess Street, police said. At the time, Kroll lived there too, police said.

The child's mother, Aubrey Hall, told police she made up a bottle for their child and instructed Kroll to feed the baby while she got ready for work, documents state. She left for work about 6:15 p.m., police said.

The allegations: About 10 p.m., Kroll called Hall at work to tell her she needed to come home, police said. When she got there she learned their infant had suffered injuries to his mouth and throat, and she took him to York Hospital, documents state.

The baby ended up at Hershey Medical Center. A physician there, Dr. Kathleen Crowell, later told police it is her opinion the injuries suffered by the baby weren't accidental and were caused by some object being forced into the baby's mouth, such as a bottle or pacifier, charging documents allege.

Crowell also reported the baby had bruising to his arm and leg that weren't accidental injuries, documents state.

"She related that she believed the injuries to be caused by someone abusing the child," according to Kroll's charging documents.

Kroll told police the baby was "fussing" during his feeding, and that the baby started crying and wouldn't stop, documents state.

Kroll made no admissions about allegedly injuring his baby, documents indicate.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.

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