A 3-year-old girl is struggling for her life after she was allegedly beaten brutally by her mother’s boyfriend in Northumberland County.
Shamokin District Judge John Gembic says Newswatch 16 the little girl now has just a 10% chance of survival. Her wounds were so critical that a part of her brain had to be excluded.
Jahrid Burgess, 19, of Trevorton was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child. If the child does not survive, Burgess will be charged with homicide.
Burgess has been charged with aggravated assault for hitting the girl and her 23-year-old mother several times between July and October. The badly bruised child is in the hospital with a brain injury and broken ribs.
Court papers reveal the disturbing accusations made by the child’s mother, including Burgess kicking and punching the child and stomping on her stomach. The mother informed police she assumed her child’s collarbone was broken because it was protruding.
Burgess is imprisoned in the Northumberland County jail. He did not make his $200,000 bail. Burgess said that the district judge he was offended by the charges and he needs to be with his girlfriend and her child.
The investigation is continuing, and the district attorney states he will prosecute anyone who was included in the abuse.