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Lehighton man headed to court on charges he assaulted infant

Published July 07. 2011 05:01PM

A Lehighton man alleged to have assaulted his infant son has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Adam Cebrosky, 23, of 210 Creekside Manor Drive, was scheduled to have the hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

Instead, Cebrosky signed a stipulation for a guilty plea on one count each of simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child. His next court appearance will be before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas on Aug. 18.

Cebrosky remains free in lieu of $5,000 unsecured bail.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Palmerton patrolman Trevor Flexer:

On April 7, 2010, Flexer received a phone call at the police department from Jill Geissinger from Children and Youth who informed him that there was a baby in the emergency room with multiple bruises on his face, according to the affidavit.

Geissinger informed Flexer that there were bruises from earlier dates as well, and asked if he would come to the emergency room, which he said he would, the affidavit says.

Upon arrival, Geissinger said that the mother of the infant was in the emergency room along with the infant's grandmother.

Geissinger said that she went to the residence of Cebrosky and the infant's mother, where she noticed fresh bruises on the infant's face.

Flexer went into the emergency room, and was directed to bed No. 4, where he met the infant's mother and grandmother. At that time, Flexer noticed several fresh black and blue bruises on both sides of the cheeks of the infant.

Flexer asked the infant's mother how the bruises got on the infant, at which time she stated that the baby just learned how to roll over, and that last week, she and Cebrosky were playing with it in the living room on the couch.

The infant's mother stated that she was making supper and could tell something was boiling over on the stove, at which time she and Cebrosky ran out to the kitchen.

As they were in the kitchen, the infant's mother stated that the infant rolled off the couch. She also said that just recently, the infant had also learned how to hold things, and that the baby will hit himself in the face with his rattle.

Flexer then asked the infant's mother about the fresh bruises, to which she stated that she thinks that the baby was hitting himself in the face again with the rattle. Flexer said he didn't notice any bruises anywhere else on the baby other than the face.

On April 13, Flexer received a phone call and a fax from Geissinger regarding the doctor's diagnosis. Geissinger stated that the injuries were consistent with someone grabbing the infant's face to "shut the baby up", and not with the story he was given by the infant's mother.

Geissinger sated that she was going to attempt to interview Cebrosky regarding the injuries to the infant.

Flexer said he made several attempts to contact Cebrosky for an interview as well. Each time, he left a message and did not receive an answer. Flexer also had the infant's mother attempt to contact Cebrosky, but never received a return call from Cebrosky.

On Aug. 8, 2010, Flexer met with Geissinger regarding this incident, at which time Geissinger provided a written statement regarding an interview she had with Cebrosky on June 11, 2010, at his residence.

Geissinger stated that Cebrosky told her that the infant was crying, so he squeezed the infant's cheeks to "shut him up".

Geissinger stated that Cebrosky told her that the infant continued to cry, and that he then continued to squeeze the infant's cheeks until the infant stopped crying.

On June 14, 2010, Geissinger had another meeting with Cebrosky, in which he again admitted to squeezing the infant's face to "shut him up".

Flexer said he made several attempts to contact Cebrosky by phone and by going to his residence, but was unable to make contact with Cebrosky.

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