Taneytown man, 21, charged in abuse of 4-month-old daughter

March 07, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A Taneytown man has been charged with child abuse and assaulting his 4-month-old daughter on two occasions, in which the baby sustained a broken arm and ribs, and bruises, according to authorities and charging documents.

Jason Phillip Summers, 21, of the first block of Carnival Drive was accused of assaulting the child Feb. 13 and Sunday. He was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of physical child abuse, court documents show. He was released on a $10,000 bond late Tuesday.

The investigation by the county's Child Abuse and Sexual Assault unit began Monday afternoon, when the baby was taken by her mother to Carroll County General Hospital with a bruised jaw and chest, a broken right rib and arm, and signs of three to five previously broken ribs, according to charging documents.

The mother, Jennifer Summers, said she took the baby in after she saw swelling and bruising around the elbow, charging documents said.

The hospital, which also noted poor weight gain for the baby, called the Department of Social Services, as required by law.

The mother told police that she had left the home for about 2 1/2 hours Sunday night after an argument, during which time the child apparently became fussy and suffered a squeezing injury, according to the charging documents.

The baby, born Oct. 24, and the couple's two other children, ages 16 months and 3 1/2 years, have been placed with a relative during an investigation by the department's child protective services, authorities said.

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