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Somerset County man charged with assaulting infant daughter

Mary Pickels
| Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, 9:57 p.m.

A Somerset County man is charged with aggravated assault after allegedly shaking his two-month-old daughter, who suffered a brain injury.

Brandon Leer, 23, of Friedens told state police that he was home alone with the child about 8 p.m. Sunday when he became angry because she would not stop crying.

According to police, Leer said he shook the girl for approximately one minute. Leer said he called 911 when she became unresponsive.

The girl was flown to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where police said she was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.

The child sustained a contusion to her forehead, and was on life support in the hospital's intensive care unit, police said.

Leer was arraigned before District Judge Douglas Bell on Monday on three counts of aggravated assault and one count each of simple assault, endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment.

He was placed in the Somerset County Jail on $50,000 bond and faces a preliminary hearing before Bell on Tuesday.

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