• New Castle man facing charges in abuse of 4-month-old twins


    NEW CASTLE, Pa. - A New Castle man is facing charges after police said he abused his 4-month-old twins.

    According to the criminal complaint, Christopher Kozura, 20, is facing aggravated assault charges.

    Police said they began investigating when Kozura's daughter, Autumn, was rushed to a hospital with bleeding on the brain.

    The criminal complaint said Kozura told investigators that he was getting the baby a bottle when she started screaming and had rolled off the bed.

    Investigators said Autumn will likely have permanent brain damage.

    A few weeks later, police said, his other twin daughter, Zailya, was taken to a hospital with a skull fracture.

    Police said Kozura told them that he fell asleep, and the baby fell on a diaper bag. Doctors said the child's injury could have only resulted from abuse.

    According to the criminal complaint, while being interviewed by police, Kozura never referred to his children by their names. He called each "it."

    Kozura's friend, Thomas Ward, told Channel 11's Amy Marcinkiewicz that Kozura would never injure a child.

    "I've known him all my life. He's babysat my nieces and nephews and is great with kids. I've never seen him lay a finger to them. He loves those babies. I know how he is," Ward said.

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