Winfield dad jailed in child abuse case
By Chuck Biedka
Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, 1:46 a.m.
A Winfield man free on bond awaiting a hearing on allegations of child abuse was sent to Westmoreland County jail even though he didn't get that hearing on Thursday.
Daniel John Granado, 21, of Terrace Drive was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing to answer charges he injured his infant son on Sept. 4 in Arnold.
But when Granado showed up at the hearing without an attorney, New Kensington District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. held a bond hearing.
Last week, Pallone arraigned Granado and released him on a $50,000 non-monetary bond because Granado was working two jobs, contributing to the child and child's mother and said he would get an attorney.
On Thursday, Granado didn't have an attorney even though a prosecutor and witnesses were available to proceed on the case.
So Pallone ordered a handcuffed Granado held in the county jail in lieu of $40,000 cash bond pending a preliminary hearing.
Granado didn't say anything.
In an affidavit, the baby's mother told police Granado was watching the baby so she could go to the grocery store. Granado told police that he was changing his 7-week-old son when the boy wet himself in Granado's face.The man said he “snapped” and “tossed the baby onto the changing table.”
The mother told police that the baby began screaming, vomiting and having seizures. Two days later, the child's mother and grandmother took the boy to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for treatment.
The affidavit said a doctor told the mother and Granado that there was evidence of physical child abuse. The mother “almost collapsed” but Granado “showed no emotion at all.”
Police Chief Willie Weber said on Thursday that Granado's account of what happened “doesn't add up” with what doctors discovered in examining the baby and conducting tests.“There's more to it than what he's saying,” Weber said outside the courtroom.Weber said doctors noticed the retinas of the baby's eyes were bleeding and other indications that the boy was violently thrown or shaken.
Granado's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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