Hearing Continued Again for Venango County Couple Accused of Abusing Infant
VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – A hearing was continued again on Wednesday for a Venango County couple facing aggravated assault, child endangerment, and related charges after multiple physical injuries to their three-week-old child were reportedly discovered at a Pittsburgh area hospital.
According to court documents, a preliminary hearing for 22-year-old Cain Christopher Layman and 22-year-old Emily Allyssa Layman that was scheduled for Friday, June 3, at 8:30 a.m. in Venango County Central Court has been continued.
The prosecution requested the continuance.
“I am highly disappointed that we have had yet another continuance,” Emily Layman told exploreVenango. “This situation is traumatic and very confusing for our children. They do not deserve this unnecessary emotional distress at such a young age.”
“I am just ready to get this all over with, so we can prove our innocence and be a happy family again.”
The couple faces the following charges:
– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Felony 1 (two counts)
– Aggravated Assault – Victim Less Than 6 and Defendant 18 or older, Felony 2 (two counts)
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
The charges stem from an investigation initiated by the Franklin Police Department on November 23, 2021, following a report of suspected child abuse (CYS 104 Form).
Details of the case:
According to a criminal complaint filed on May 4, 2022, in Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland’s office, the City of Franklin Police Department received a CYS 104 Form on November 23, 2021, regarding a three-week-old child who was at a Pittsburgh hospital with numerous physical injuries that were suspicious in nature.
According to the complaint, the three-week-old child was presented to a Pittsburgh hospital on November 22, 2021, due to vomiting blood. The child was found to allegedly have bruises on the shins and upper back. The affiant–a detective of Franklin Police Department–noted these injuries are concerning for physical abuse due to patterned-injury bruises in a non-mobile child. It was noted that the injuries allegedly caused substantial pain.
The following conditions were allegedly stated: male extreme fussiness since birth; fussy and vomiting at baseline; fussier and vomiting blood since Saturday, November 20, 2021 (two days). The exam listed the patient as “well…except bruising.” The preliminary read from the x-ray listed possible right rib fracture (healing) and left metaphyseal femur fracture–pending final read and medical workup. Per the parents, the patient was born with bruises. Per the parents, their primary care physician had previously examined the patient for bruises. The bruises on the patient’s back, per the parents, the child’s brother may have thrown a toy, and it hit the child, according to the complaint.
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