Trevorton, Pa. – A 3-year-old child is in critical condition with a brain injury and multiple broken ribs after a Trevorton man allegedly assaulted her multiple times, according to police.
Jahrid J. Burgess, 19, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault. He remains in Northumberland County Jail.
State Police in Stonington were dispatched to the 700 block of West Shamokin Street in Zerbe Township at 9:51 p.m. Oct. 10, 2019 for a report of a 3-year-old having seizures.
The child was transported by emergency responders to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. While at Geisinger, it was determined the child sustained serious bodily injury, including a brain injury, multiple broken ribs, and multiple bruises on the child’s face and body, police said.
A woman who also was at the scene also suffered injuries. Police said the woman told them that Burgess assaulted her a minimum of 10 times and the child of minimum of four times from July through October 2019. The woman reportedly told police Burgess smacked the child very hard in her stomach. Burgess also allegedly punched the woman on the right and left sides of her ribs and caused them to break.
In August, Burgess pulled his arm back and punched the woman so hard it broke her bones, police said. On Oct. 6, Burgess smacked the child in the face, kicked and punched her in the back and stomped on her stomach area, according to police.
The woman also reportedly told police she believes Burgess broke the child’s collarbone, as the bones were protruding, and her ribs on both sides were sticking out, police said.
Burgess dumped soda and spit on the child in the living room, then took the child and threw her onto the bed and proceeded to punch her, police said. After that, he allegedly threw the child in the bathtub and pushed the woman on top of her.
On Oct. 10, Burgess grabbed the child by the throat, picked her off the ground, and pushed her into the living room wall, police said.
The woman told police that Burgess then shoved the child to the ground and she started to have seizures shortly after, police said.
Police said they interviewed Burgess and he admitted to his involvement in the case.
Burgess faces charges of three counts of aggravated assault, one count of strangulation, one count of simple assault, one count of endangering the welfare of children, and one count of recklessly endangering another person. He was arraigned in front of on call District Magistrate Michael Diehl.