Harleysville Man Arrested In Child Injury Case

NORRISTOWN PA – A 34-year-old Harleysville man was arrested Thursday (Feb. 16, 2017) on two counts of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, and related charges after Towamencin Township Police and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau alleged he was responsible for injuries sustained by his 24-day-old infant daughter during an incident that occurred last September (2016).

A March 10 (Friday) preliminary hearing on charges against Luis Bonanno has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Edward Levine, the county District Attorney’s office said in a press release.

An investigation began when the infant’s mother took the baby to a local hospital “for poor oral intake and exhibiting a clicking noise while breathing in,” according to county First Assistant District Attorney Edward F. McCann Jr. The child was then transferred to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where “where the baby was found to be suffering from fractures to the right ribs, a fracture to her skull, as well as other issues.”

Additional investigation and interviews revealed Bonanno, the father, was responsible for the injuries after having pressed on the baby’s chest numerous times, the release added. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Cathleen
Rebar following his arrest, and was transported to the county Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA after he failed to make bail set by Rebar at $100,000.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Brittenberg, McCann said.

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