NORTH FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A man is facing a list of charges after a 1-year-old girl from Washington County suffered several broken bones.
Brandon Phillips, 18, has been arraigned on charges of simple assault, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
“Mr. Phillips did admit to hurting the child on three separate occasions,” North Franklin Police Officer Rodney Bush said.
The girl, Emily, suffered five broken ribs, two broken legs, a broken clavicle and a broken arm and continues to recover.
“He dropped the child once. The child fell on her head,” Bush said. “He had the child on his shoulders. The child started to fall – he grabbed her by the leg.”
The baby’s mother, 20-year-old Karli Slider, denies that anything happened and explains why her boyfriend confessed to police.
“Brandon has a lot of anxiety and paranoia problems,” she told KDKA. “And the police told him, ‘If you just admit to something, we’ll let you go home.’ And he’s admitted to stuff that he really didn’t do so that he could come home. And they took him to jail instead.”
Police say the assaults happened inside the house Slider shares with Phillips and his mother, father and several other people.
The baby’s father took the girl to the hospital after finding bruises and noticing she was uncomfortable.
“This all started when I told him he possibly wasn’t the father of Emily,” Slider said.
She says Emily fell off a bed last month, but was fine.
North Franklin Township police arrested Phillips on Thursday. Phillips is being held in the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bond.