PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police in Westmoreland County are investigating after a 3-month-old baby girl from Loyalhanna Township was brought to a local hospital with serious injuries.
The baby has been on oxygen since she was born prematurely.
She lived in a small trailer on Mulberry Drive with her 28-year-old father and his 20-year-old girlfriend, the infant’s mother.
The father, who did not want to be identified, told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti that he blamed his daughter’s injuries on her bassinet collapsing on top of her.
“The only thing I can say is there was an oxygen tank that was under the canopy part of her bassinet; the top part, where she sleeps in, collapsed onto the oxygen tank under the bassinet,” the child’s father said.
On Tuesday, state police removed the bassinet from the trailer as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. No one has been charged in the case.
The baby’s injuries include two broken arms, a broken femur, rib fractures and a head injury.
The infant’s father said he was sleeping nearby when it happened.
“When I had found her, she was laying on… the bassinet was on its right side,” he said. “She was responsive after holding her, and touching her head, and rubbing her chest and everything, she kind of calmed down and went right to sleep on my arms.”
The injuries actually occurred last Wednesday, her father said. But he didn’t take her to the hospital until Saturday.
He also said that he and his girlfriend gave the infant CPR several times before driving her to the hospital.
“It seemed like she was breathing a little heavy you know after the second time that I’d had to do CPR,” he said.
Meanwhile, the baby’s grandfather said the little girl is slowly recovering. She is being cared for at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.
“The baby is doing good,” he said. “She’s awake and she’s eating a little bit.”