Rice Town­ship man fac­ing felony, other charges for chok­ing 9-month-old in­fant

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - By JAMES HALPIN Staff Writer jhalpin@cit­i­zensvoice.com

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.

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