Former Towamencin man admits he assaulted infant son
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.
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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.