Po­lice: Man killed in­fant daugh­ter

The Citizens' Voice - - Local / State -

A Penn­syl­va­nia man beat his 4-month-old daugh­ter to death be­cause she would not stop cry­ing, au­thor­i­ties said.

Al­legheny County Po­lice said Ge­orge Gaz­zam, 30, ini­tially told of­fi­cers the baby had fallen out of bed at their Mt. Le­banon home on Sun­day.

How­ever, an au­topsy later showed Vic­to­ria Gaz­zam suf­fered bleed­ing of the brain, a lac­er­ated heart ves­sel, a lac­er­ated left kid­ney, a liver con­tu­sion, three frac­tured ribs, mul­ti­ple bruises to the back and head and a hem­or­rhage be­hind the eyes.

Coroner Chris­tine James told Al­legheny County of­fi­cials that the in­juries could not have oc­curred from the in­fant fall­ing two feet to a car­peted floor.

When con­fronted with the au­topsy, po­lice said Gaz­zam changed his story and ad­mit­ted to punch­ing the child sev­eral times be­cause she was “fussy.”

The child’s mother was work­ing at the time and is work­ing with de­tec­tives, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Gaz­zam is be­ing held in the county jail, charged with homi­cide and child en­dan­ger­ment. No record of a lawyer was im­me­di­ately avail­able.

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