Harrisburg man charged with homicide, endangerment in connection to death of 1-year-old son

HARRISBURG — A Harrisburg man was taken into custody on charges of criminal homicide and endangering the welfare of children in connection to the death of his one-year-old son in June, according to police.

John Curtis Anderson Jr., 22, was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Harrisburg Police officers Tuesday morning, police say.

The Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office says emergency personnel responded to Anderson’s home in the 600 block of Geary Street on June 12 after he reported that he had been sleeping in the same bed with the baby. The child was transported to the hospital after medical personnel could not revive him.

According to the DA’s Office, Anderson gave three inconsistent versions of events regarding how his son came to be unconscious and near death while under his care.

An autopsy was performed on the child, which showed that his injuries were inconsistent with Anderson’s claims to police, the DA’s Office says. The injuries included hemorrhages, bruises and abrasions to different parts of his body. They occurred while the child was alive.

The DA’s Office say the one-year-old’s hemorrhages and injuries were the result of sustained compression and the casue of death was complications of asphyxia.

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