PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police arrested 30-year-old Joseph Swidorsky Thursday. He’s charged with criminal homicide and endangering the welfare of children, in the death of his five-week-old daughter, Braelyn.
According to the criminal complaint, West View Police were called to Swidorsky’s home on June 15, 2015, for the report of an unresponsive child. Swidorsky told police he was bathing his daughter and that she was crying so hard that she stopped breathing.READ MORE: Driver Flips Over In Single-Vehicle Rollover Crash On Streets Run Road
The mother told police, she had asked Swidorsky to bathe Braelyn and she returned to the bathroom to find the infant unresponsive and turning blue.
The baby was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital, where she later died.
An autopsy revealed the child died of blunt force trauma to the head – specifically a subdural hematoma and a fractured skull.READ MORE: Police And EMS Respond To Rollover Crash On The North Side
A witness told police that during a conversation with Swidorsky while at the hospital, he gave four different versions of what might have happened to baby Braelyn. None of which were consistent with her cause of death.
Another witness reported overhearing Swidorsky say, “Braelyn is a psycho baby and does nothing but cry all the time.”
Bail was denied for Swidorsky. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16.
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