6.08.12 Arrest in Child Abuse Case

26 June 2012 by Lt. Umstead

     On the evening of June 4th Officer JD Williams of the Lancaster Bureau of Police responded to Lancaster Regional Medical Center for a report of an injured infant.  Upon arrival, Off. Williams spoke to medical personnel and family members and learned that  the injured infant, a baby boy who was approximately 7 weeks old, was being transferred to Hershey Medical Center for numerous rib fractures and possibly other injuries. 

     Detectives from the Bureau of Police’s Special Investigation Unit immediately began to investigate this, which included responding to both Lancaster Regional Medical Center that evening and later Hershey Medical Center, as well as conducting numerous interviews, in an effort to ascertain how an infant so young could sustain these types of injuries.  The  Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office Child Abuse Unit and the Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency were also involved in this investigation from the beginning and assisted the detectives throughout. 

     During this week long investigation, led by Detective Lt. Jarrad Berkihiser, it was determined that the infant was suffering from 4 acute approximately one week old right posterior rib fractures and 9 additional healing fractures, which would have been caused by forceful, violent squeezing of the infant’s chest.  This also would have restricted the infant’s breathing, placing the infant in danger of possible brain damage and/or the puncturing of internal organs. 

     It was also determined that between May 24th and May 30th 2012, the infant was subjected to a variety of violent acts committed by the parents of the infant to include throwing the infant a distance of approximately five feet during an argument and removing the infant from a baby swing, while it was crying by forcefully grabbing the infant around the torso, squeezing him, pulling the infant from the swing, which also caused the infant to strike his head.

     After tracing the whereabouts of the parents and the infant during this time period and conducting a multitude of interviews, it was determined that these injuries were sustained in at least two different residences within Lancaster City.  The parents were identified as….

                             Maurice Barr, 24(Father)

                             No Permanent Address

                             Anneliese Colleen Bachman, 22(Mother)

                             Conestoga, Pa.

     On Thursday afternoon, June 7th, Bachman was interviewed by Detectives at the Police Station and was then arrested on charges of Aggravated Assault(F-1), Endangering the Welfare of Children(3 Counts, both F-3 and M-1) and Recklessly Endangering Another Person(M-2).  She was arraigned on these charges later that night and released on non-monetary bail. 

     Barr was arrested without incident this morning, shortly before 10:00 am, by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department, at the Courthouse, after he arrived for a Children and Youth Agency court proceeding regarding this case.  He was conveyed to the Police Station, where he will be held for arraignment on charges of Aggravated Assault(2 Counts, F-1), Endangering the Welfare of Children(2 Counts, both F-3 and M-1) and Recklessly Endangering Another Person(2 Counts, M-2).  The infant was released from the hospital yesterday and custody of the child was subsequently turned over to the Children and Youth Agency for placement.    

          All of the charges in this case were filed by Detective Lt. Berkihiser, working in conjunction with Assistant District Attorney Randall Miller, before Magisterial District Judge Janice Jimenez.  As always, individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

**THE BUREAU OF POLICE IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING MEDIA TO LIMIT WHAT IS PUBLISHED IN THIS CASE TO THAT WHICH IS ON THIS NEWS RELEASE AND TO SPECIFICALLY REFRAIN FROM PUBLISHING THE NAME OF THE INFANT AND/OR ANY WITNESSES, SHOULD THEY BECOME KNOWN**


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