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Child abuse suspect apprehended, his mom charged

| Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, 12:11 a.m.

A Donora man wanted by Pittsburgh police for the alleged physical abuse of his girlfriend's 6-month-old son was arrested by Donora police Thursday.

Anthony M. Frameli, 21, was apprehended at his mother's home just before 11 p.m.

In the wake of that arrest, Jaqueline A. Frameli, 58, has been charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution for harboring her son and allowing him to hide in her home.

Anthony Frameli is charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children.

Police said the infant was in Anthony Frameli's care while at his girlfriend's Crafton Heights apartment.

Authorities claimed he injured the infant and then lied to his girlfriend about the incident, telling her he “slipped on some ice and fell on top” of the baby, according to WPXI-TV, a news partner of The Valley Independent.

Police said the couple did not immediately take the infant to a hospital because they feared the baby would be placed in foster care.

According to authorities, the baby's mother agreed to take the infant to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC only after a family friend showed up at the apartment and became worried about the child's condition.

Doctors at the hospital told police the child was not injured in a slip-and-fall accident, suggesting the infant was intentionally harmed.

Police said doctors who examined the baby discovered “bruises on both eyes” and a “bloodied nose and swollen lip.”

Additionally, doctors told authorities that they saw “older healing skull and leg fractures.”

Police went to Frameli's mother's home just before 9 p.m. Thursday looking for her son.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, officers were met by Jaqueline Frameli's roommate, who allowed police to search the apartment.

Police were led to the St. Dominic's Men's Club at the intersection of Sixth Street and Linden Way in Donora, where they spoke to Jaqueline Frameli.

She allegedly asked why her son was wanted and told police he was at her house late Wednesday night and left earlier Thursday.

She was told to call police if her Anthony Frameli returned to her home, Officer Michael Parry wrote in the affidavit.

“We had a feeling he was going to go back there,” police Superintendent Jim Brice said Friday. “Where else was he going to go?”

Police received an anonymous tip just before 11 p.m. Thursday that Anthony Frameli was at his mother's apartment.

The tipster said Anthony Frameli had called an unidentified person around 9:30 p.m. asking for a ride out of town because he was being sought by police, the complaint states.

The mother's roommate answered the door when police arrived and pointed in the direction of a back room. Police arrived in the room to find Anthony Frameli standing behind his mother and took him into custody, the complaint states.

When Jaqueline Frameli brought a pair of shoes for her son to the police station, she was arrested.

Asked why she never called police, Jaqueline Frameli said, “I was trying to help him because he didn't know how to get a lawyer or anything,” according to the affidavit.

She was charged Friday at the office of Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela.

A state constable drove Anthony Frameli to the Allegheny County Jail, where he is being held on $50,000 straight cash bond set by Magisterial District Judge Hugh F. McGough Friday morning.

He faces a hearing Feb. 4 before Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning, according to court documents.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

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