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Beaver County father jailed for allegedly violently shaking 4-month-old

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 4:39 a.m.
Morado Dwellings.
Morado Dwellings.

A Beaver County man allegedly admitted to police that he shook and threw an infant because he wouldn't stop crying.

John Travis Crawford, 23, of Beaver Falls was being held in the Beaver County Jail on assault and child endangerment charges after being unable to post $200,000 bail, according to court records.

The 4-month-old boy was shaken so violently that his brain started to bleed, the Trib's news partner WPXI-TV reported.

The infant was being treated at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

According to WPXI, Beaver Falls police were called to the Morado Dwellings housing complex Nov. 21 for a child having seizures.

But when questioned by police, Crawford allegedly admitted to throwing and shaking the infant.

Crawford is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Dec. 12 before District Judge John W. Armour.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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