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Infant Critical After Vandergrift Shaking Incident

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(Photo Credit: Westmoreland County Jail)

(Photo Credit: Westmoreland County Jail)

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VANDERGRIFT (KDKA) – A man has been arrested after authorities say he admitted to shaking his 8-week-old daughter.

According to police, the child is in critical condition at Children’s Hospital after suffering a brain injury in the incident.

The child was unresponsive when Matthew Milisits, 30, of Vandergrift, returned the girl to her mother in North Apollo Borough.

After calling 911, the child was flown to Children’s Hospital.

“They brought her out to the ambulance and she wasn’t breathing,” said Vivian Lookhart, a friend of the baby’s mother. “But they worked on her, they got her pulse, they got her heart rate, they got her breathing.”

While interviewing Milisits, he admitted to becoming agitated with the child and shaking her.

According to investigators, he told police the infant hit her head on a bathroom door but didn’t cry; but later he said she started crying and soiled a diaper. That’s when authorities say he admitted to allegedly shaking her violently to stop her from crying.

“Because of his actions, she suffered a serious head injury,” said Trooper Eric Maurer, of Pennsylvania State Police.

He was taken into custody and is facing a list of charges including, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of a child.

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