For­mer Towa­mencin man ad­mits he as­saulted in­fant son

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@jour­nal­reg­is­ nuigg

A for­mer Towa­mencin man is headed to state prison af­ter he ad­mit­ted to as­sault­ing and in­jur­ing his 5-month-old son.

Danilo An­to­nio Du­ran, 41, for­merly of the 1900 block of Nash­mont Court, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery CRuQWy CRuUW WR WwR WR fivH years in a state cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity af­ter he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of ag­gra­vated as­sault in con­nec­tion with a Septem­ber 2011 in­ci­dent at his for­mer home.

Judge Gary S. Silow, who ac­cepted a plea agree­ment in the mat­ter, also or­dered Du­ran to com­plete two years’ pro­ba­tion af­ter he’s paroled from prison.

Du­ran, who was rep­re­sented by de­fense lawyer Michael Nix, pleaded guilty to the charge shortly be­fore his trial was to be­gin. As­sis­tant Dis­trict At- torney Matthew pros­e­cuted the case.

By plead­ing guilty to the charge, Du­ran, most re­cently of Pater­son, N.J., VSHFL­fiFDOOy DGPLWWHG WKDW he at­tempted to cause se­ri­ous bod­ily in­jury to his 5-month-old son or caused such in­jury in­ten­tion­ally, know­ingly or reck­lessly un­der cir­cum­stances man­i­fest­ing ex­treme in­dif­fer­ence to the value of hu­man life.

With the charges, au­thor­i­ties al­leged the in­fant was injured when shaken by Du­ran on the morn­ing of Sept. 26, 2011, in or around the fam­ily home.

The child re­port­edly has re­cov­ered from his in­juries.

Ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Du­ran be­gan about 11:35 a.m. when Du­ran flDJJHG GRwQ D SROLFH FDU in the area of Forty Foot and Al­len­town roads in the town­ship.

Du­ran told po­lice at that time that his son had suf­fered a seizure and he was in the process of driv­ing the in­fant to a hospi­tal, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal FRPSODLQW fiOHG by 7RwD­mencin De­tec­tive John Wit­ten­berger.

2IfiFHUV VuPPRQHG DQ am­bu­lance and took the two to Grand View Hospi­tal where the son was treated.

Po­lice ini­tially did not see any ob­vi­ous ex­ter­nal signs of trauma to the child, and Du­ran told po­lice he had had sole con­trol of the in­fant since 5:50 a.m. that day, acFRUGLQJ WR WKH DUUHVW DI­fiGDvit.

Danilo al­legedly told po­lice that at about 11 a.m. the in­fant was “wail­ing and scream­ing at the top of his lungs,” ac­cord­ing to the arUHVW DI­fiGDvLW.

“Danilo picked [the child] up and re­ported jog­ging in place and rock­ing him for 10 to 15 min­utes when [the child] abruptly went unre- spon­sive with breath­ing and pos­tural changes,” Wit­ten­berger al­leged.

Ra­dio­graphic stud­ies con­ducted at Grand View un­cov­ered a sub­du­ral hematoma in­dica­tive of “acute trauma,” ac­cord­ing to the arUHVW DI­fiGDvLW.

“A sub­du­ral hematoma LV D VLJQL­fiFDQW DQG VHULRuV head in­jury,” Wit­ten­berger al­leged.

Sub­se­quently, the child was trans­ferred to The Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal of Philadel­phia, where the hospi­tal’s Sus­pected Child Abuse and Ne­glect team eval­u­ated the child.

Doc­tors found the con­di­tions “sus­pi­cious for non-ac- ciden­tal trauma” and found ev­i­dence of a sec­ond in­jury that was more than a week old at the time, as well as bi­lat­eral reti­nal hem­or­rhages that strongly sug­gested “a shaken-baby pat­tern of in­jury,” ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

When po­lice and doc­tors in­ter­viewed Du­ran later that week, he in­di­cated he was re­spon­si­ble for the in­juries, court doc­u­ments in­di­cate.

lther charges of en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child, sim­ple as­sault and reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­other per­son were dis­missed against Du­ran as part of the plea agree­ment.

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