A Pennsylvania man is facing murder charges after allegedly slamming his newborn son on a bed. The 24-year-old father purportedly inflicted multiple blunt impact injuries on his infant son after the baby vomited on him and then waited 20 minutes for an Uber ride to the hospital.
The Montgomery County district attorney’s office on Wednesday announced charges of third-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person. A judge set his bail at $1 million cash, according to court records.
On the morning of Feb. 22, the baby was in the care of David Moyer prior to the newborn being taken to the hospital, according to authorities.
“The investigation determined that the baby had reportedly vomited on the defendant, who put him forcibly down on the bed, face first and was left there for 20 minutes,” the Montgomery County district attorney’s office said. “When Moyer returned, the baby was not breathing and was unresponsive.”
Instead of calling 911, the baby’s parents waited another 20 minutes for an Uber driver to arrive and transport the infant to the hospital, according to prosecutors.
Hospital staff at the Phoenixville Hospital said the unresponsive 6-week-old infant was not breathing at the time of arrival to the emergency room and performed life-saving measures to revive the baby boy. The newborn was then flown by helicopter to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Medical professionals discovered subdural hemorrhaging in the baby’s brain and numerous hemorrhages in the retina of the left eye. Hospital staff then reportedly informed law enforcement of the infant’s injuries.
Nine days after being admitted to the hospital, the child was pronounced dead on March 3, at the age of 8 weeks.
An autopsy performed by a Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office found that the infant’s cause of death was “multiple blunt impact injuries, and the manner of death was homicide.”
The Pennsylvania State Police Troop K and Montgomery County Detectives launched a joint homicide investigation and arrested Moyer on Wednesday for the alleged crime, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele.
Moyer is scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. on March 29 for a preliminary hearing in the case.
Law & Crime reported Moyer has “previously been convicted of charges including theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking of moveable property, disorderly conduct by engaging in fighting, and multiple counts of disorderly conduct with the intent of creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition.”