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Somerset man charged with shaking child

May 2, 2019

A 24-year-old Somerset man has been charged with causing a 15-month-old child to have a brain bleed.

Somerset Borough police charged Jared Lehman, East Main Street, Tuesday with shaking the child of his “paramour” on April 24 at his home. Lehman is not the biological father.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, Lehman admitted that he did “jerk” the child at about 9:30 p.m., causing the 15-month-old to bite his tongue, go limp and become unconscious.

Lehman told police that he jerked the child in response to him “moaning and making similar sounds.”

The child’s mother was reportedly at work at the time, according to police.

The child was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh by his mother and was found to have a brain bleed. The child remains in intensive care, according to the affidavit, and was intubated on Monday.

Lehman is charged with second-degree felony endangering the welfare of children, felony aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. He was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Ken Johnson, of Somerset, and was sent to the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday before Johnson.

An online court document did not list an attorney for Lehman Tuesday evening.

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