A 24-year-old Millcreek Township schoolteacher remains jailed today, charged with assaulting his 2-month-old son and causing life-threatening brain injuries to the infant.
Justin Beck is in Erie County Prison on $50,000 bond, suspended without pay from his teaching job at Millcreek's James S. Wilson Middle School, police said.
Beck is scheduled to appear in Erie County Court on Sept. 21 for a preliminary hearing. He faces five criminal charges, including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Investigators with the Millcreek Township Police Department said the infant's injuries "fit a pattern of shaken baby syndrome," according to the affidavit of probable cause authorities filed with District Judge Denise Stuck-Lewis, of Edinboro.
The child initially was examined at Saint Vincent Health Center on Sept. 3, the day of the alleged incident, before he was flown to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.
Doctors treating the child told investigators on Friday that the injuries included acute soft tissue swelling to the back of the left scalp, a left skull fracture, and bleeding on both sides of the brain that required an emergency blood transfusion.
Police said Beck told investigators that the injuries were the result of the infant falling out of a baby bouncer seat on the living room floor.