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DA: Infant had to undergo "life-saving surgery" after incident with Mount Joy Township man

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A Mount Joy Township man is facing charges after he allegedly caused a five-month-old's skull to fracture on June 1, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.

Northwest Regional Police say that the child was in the care of Daniel Deleon, 28, when the child "sustained injuries that, according to doctors, would have instantly caused him to go limp."

First responders went to the Covington Court home around 7:45 p.m. and when they arrived the boy "appeared to be in a 'trance'" and unresponsive, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The District Attorney's Office says that the child was taken to Lancaster General Hospital and then to Hershey Medical Center where an operation to remove part of the infant's skull was performed. The operation was "in attempts to alleviate brain swelling caused by a brain injury/bleed" and the child was then place on a ventilator, according to the DA's office.

Deleon is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment. He was taken to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.


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