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November 24, 2017

Police: Father admits to punching infant to death when she wouldn't stop crying


Police: Father admits to punching infant to death when she wouldn’t stop crying

MT. LEBANON, Pa. —A Pennsylvania father is facing charges in connection with his 4-month-old daughter’s…


A Pennsylvania father is facing charges in connection with his 4-month-old daughter’s death.

Police responded to a home in the 500 block of Osage Road in Mt. Lebanon on Sunday at approximately 12:24 p.m. for reports of an unresponsive child.

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The child was taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed she died from blunt force trauma and her death has been ruled a homicide.

According to police, the girl’s father, Joseph Gazzam, 30, is accused of being responsible for the injuries she suffered.

Police say on Sunday he told them he fell asleep with the baby and that she fell out of bed. When doctors examined the infant’s injuries and determined that was impossible, police say Gazzam changed his story.

According to the criminal complaint, Gazzam recalled her being “fussy” and said she wouldn’t stop crying. That’s when police say he stated he punched her twice in the head, punched her in the stomach and punched her in the back.

The baby’s injuries included:

  • Fractured left humerus
  • Brain Bleed
  • Lacerated heart vessel
  • Lacerated left kidney
  • Liver contusion
  • Multiple contusions to the back and head
  • Hemorrhage behind the eyes
  • 3 posterior ribs fractured

According to court documents, the child’s mother was at work when the incident happened.

Gazzam is charged with homicide, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of a child.

He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.


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Police: Father admits to punching infant to death when she wouldn’t stop crying


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