NEW CASTLE, Pa. - A father is facing several charges after police said he assaulted his infant son in New Castle.
Authorities said Craig Underwood, 27, lived with his girlfriend, who he met online, and their 3-month-old son at a residence on Shenango Road.
Matt Seamans, of the Neshannock Township Police Department, told Channel 11 News Underwood is from England and as of October, his visa had expired.
“They had an agreement. Mom would go back to work to be the breadwinner and dad agreed to be Mr. Mom and watch the baby,” Seamans said.
Investigators said the woman told them when she returned home from work on Nov. 5 she noticed the baby had two black eyes and bruising on his body.
According to the criminal complaint, when confronted by the child’s mother, Underwood told her he took care of him like he always does.
The woman, who told investigators that she has seen Underwood be rough with the child before, took the boy to a doctor’s office and then eventually UPMC Children’s Hospital.
Underwood was arrested after doctors at the hospital found out the baby had a fractured skull, multiple broken ribs, a broken leg and other bruises and alerted authorities. He is facing several charges, including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children, officials said.
Underwood is being held in the Lawrence County Prison on $250,000 bond.
A relative of Underwood’s girlfriend told Channel 11 News that she “never thought he could do this.” He faces a preliminary hearing on Thursday.
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