STRONG — An 18-year-old Strong man was charged Wednesday with assaulting his 5-month-old son, who reportedly suffered bruising to his neck, face, inner ears, both arms and chest area.
Andre Adgerson, of 152 Second St., was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge William Cole on a felony of endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanors of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person and a summary of harassment.
The charges filed by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Michael Pitcavage relate to a May 8 incident at Adgerson’s home.
Adgerson is accused of subjecting his son to the injuries that required the infant to be admitted to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
On May 9, police were contacted by a Northumberland County Children and Youth Services employee who received a report of suspected child abuse. Police said a doctor who treated the baby said the injuries were non-accidental.
According to Children and Youth employee Alexis Young, Adgerson told his mother that he “blacked out” and didn’t remember what happened May 8 when the child was in his care.
During the course of the investigation, Pitcavage spoke with the victim’s mother, Skylynn Janoka, who had spoken to the defendant about the incident.
Janoka said Adgerson told her the baby became “fussy,” causing him to become angry before “blacking out.” She said Adgerson couldn’t remember what happened next.
She told police Adgerson has anger management issues and similar things have occurred in the past.
Janoka said Adgerson told her he knows he was responsible for the baby’s injuries.
During an interview, Pitcavage said Adgerson told him he must have caused the injuries because they didn’t occur while the baby was with his mother or Adgerson’s mother. But Adgerson said he didn’t remember how he injured the infant.
Adgerson was committed to Northumberland County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.