Father pleads no contest over incident that sent toddler to hospital

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SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — A Shippensburg man has pleaded no contest to three charges stemming from an incident that sent his then 2-month-old son to the hospital in July 2016.

Douglas Asbury, 34, entered a no-contest plea to charges of simple assault, endangering the welfare of children and false reports to law enforcement, according to court documents.

The fourth charge of aggravated assault was dismissed, per court documents.

Asbury told police the now 15-month-old boy fell out of bed in mid-July last year while under his care.

The child’s mother took him to the hospital where staff initially told her that he had a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and red marks on his abdomen and chest areas. Tests later determined that the boy did not have a skull fracture.

Court documents say experts told police that the injuries were not consistent with Asbury’s story.