Police: York father inflicted brain injury on infant who wouldn't stop crying

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York City man told police he allowed his infant son's head to snap back and forth as he bounced the baby violently because he "wouldn't shut up," according to charging documents.

The child suffered a brain injury and was placed on life support, according to York City Police.

Daryl Carletto Brown, 22, of the 100 block of West Jackson Street, remains in York County Prison without bail, charged with the first-degree felony of attempted homicide.

York City Police said the incident happened about 6 a.m. Monday at the home Brown shares with Chandler Cole and their 2-month-old son.

Daryl Carletto Brown

According to charging documents filed against Brown by Detective Tiffany Pitts, police were called to the home for an infant in cardiac arrest. The baby was rushed by ambulance to York Hospital.

He was then flown by medical helicopter to Hershey Medical Center, "due to the severity of his injury," documents state.

Cole told detectives she left the baby with Brown as she ran to the home of her mother, who lives in the same block of West Jackson Street, police said.

When she got there, Brown called her and told her to hurry back, which she did — and found her child unresponsive, charging documents state.

"Brown told Cole that (their baby) had choked on his formula," Pitts wrote in charging documents.

Alleged confession: But less than four hours after the infant suffered the brain injury, Brown confessed to Pitts that he has anger problems "and that it was his fault," documents allege.

Brown said he held his baby in an upright position on his leg and was bouncing him violently without supporting the infant's head because the child "wouldn't shut up," charging documents state.

Doctors also found a tear in the infant's spleen, bruises on his torso and broken ribs, police allege.

The next day, Brown called Cole from prison and told her "that he needs to die, a life for a life, as he is the cause of (their son's) condition," charging documents state.

A search of Pennsylvania criminal records indicates this is the first time Brown has been charged with a crime in this state.

Finding help: Overwhelmed parents can call The Lehman Center at 400 W. Market St. in York City — day or night — for emergency respite care for children under 7 and to learn about the many other services the center offers to parents and caregivers.

Reach The Lehman Center, which is part of the Children's Aid Society, by calling 800-635-6619 or 717-845-5771, or visit the Children's Aid Society online at www.cassd.org/thelehmancenter.

The center is available 24 hours a day to help parents in crisis and describes itself as a crisis nursery.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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