Rice Township man facing felony, other charges for choking 9-month-old infant
The father of a 9-month-old baby who police say texted the mother saying she better “get (the baby) the (expletive) away from me” is facing felony assault charges after allegedly choking the child.
Cory J. Dunn, 28, of 90 Valley Stream Park, Rice Township, was charged this week with aggravated assault, simple assault and child endangerment after allegedly causing bruising the face and neck of the baby last month.
According to a police affidavit, the child’s mother, Samantha Care, told police and Luzerne County Children and Youth Services caseworkers that she had been at work Dec. 12 when Dunn, her baby’s father, texted her.
“Come straight home after work and get (the baby) the (expletive) away from me,” Dunn is alleged to have wrote. “I’ve put this (expletive) child down to bed 3 (expletive) times, and each time I get her in her crib she freaks the (expletive) out crying. I broke my (expletive) hand on the bedroom door cuz of this (expletive).”
When Care got home she found the lights off and Dunn sitting in a recliner with two babies on his chest, according to the affidavit. Care took the baby who had been crying to the bathroom, where she noticed signs of capillary bleeding as well as bruising on the left side of the baby’s face and neck, police said.
After contacting Dunn’s mother, Care brought the baby to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, where doctors determined the injuries were not accidental, according to the affidavit.
Dunn maintained he did not know how the injuries happened to the baby, who was not mobile at the time she got hurt, the affidavit says.
Police say their investigation determined the injuries the child sustained were consistent with her being put in a choke hold.
Magisterial District Judge David A. Barilla arraigned Dunn on Friday morning and released him on $5,000 unsecured bail.
A preliminary hearing was set for 10 a.m. Jan. 25.