Harrisburg man facing charges for aggravated assault of infant

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Starlee Dennis

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Several months after a 6 month old baby was rushed to the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital with traumatic injuries, a Harrisburg man is being charged with aggravated assault. Police say Starlee Dennis, 39, admitted he was the sole caretaker of the infant on the morning of January 2, 2015.  The infant’s mother was at work at the time of the incident.

The baby suffered 10 rib fractures, bleeding on the brain, blood in his spinal cord, swelling to the ligaments of his neck and extensive retinal hemorrhaging and evidence of blunt force trauma to his abdomen and was in critical condition.

Dennis is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Formal arraignment in this matter is scheduled for October 1, 2015.  This case was investigated by Detective Libertad Ramos from the Harrisburg Police Department.  Chief Deputy District Attorney Sean McCormack is assigned to prosecute the case for the Commonwealth.