PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A 2-month-old girl is in serious condition at Children’s Hospital after suffering head trauma on the North Side during an apparent domestic dispute between her parents.
According to officials, Daniel Haynes, 26, of the North Side, was apparently holding his daughter when he started assaulting the infant’s 20-year-old mother.
The alleged assault happened at the mother’s home on Manilla Street yesterday afternoon.
“We think [Haynes] was holding the baby in one arm, while assaulting his girlfriend, which consisted of punching choking, and grabbing,” Pittsburgh Police Lt. Kevin Kraus said. “During the course [of the confrontation], the suspect struck the infant’s head against the front door, leaving the baby unconscious.”
According to the criminal complaint, Haynes and the mother were fighting on the front porch. Both had a grip on the child and the injuries were sustained when a screen door slammed on her head.
The child was initially listed in critical condition, but was upgraded to serious condition last night.
Neighbor Mary Rice, told KDKA TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “I have two children of my own, and I would be devastated if that happened to my children. They are so helpless. It’s just terrible.”
Haynes was taken into custody and facing several charges including, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.