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Blakely Man Accused Of Injuring 4-week-old Child

February 27, 2019

A Blakely man faces charges after police say he threw a Fisher-Price sound machine at a crying infant, leaving the 4-week-old child with facial injuries.

John Conrad Rebuck III, 37, 213 Fourth St., was arrested Monday by borough police on charges of felony endangering the welfare of children and misdemeanor simple assault.

The investigation began when police responded Monday morning to Moses Taylor Hospital, where the baby girl was taken for treatment.

The infant’s mother, Jamie Keith, told police she returned to the Fourth Street home after taking an older child to the bus stop to find the baby crying and Rebuck, her boyfriend, standing over the crib, Sgt. James Cotillo wrote in the arrest affidavit.

When Keith removed the girl from the crib, she noticed blood coming from the baby’s left nostril and marks on her face, she told police. She took the baby to her doctor, who said the girl needed to go to the hospital.

A doctor who examined the baby at Moses Taylor found contusions to her face and eye area, which he believed were caused by something hitting her, the affidavit said.

In an interview at the police station, Rebuck initially said all he did was give the baby a pacifier but then admitted throwing the Fisher-Price device at her, police said.

Saying he had been up all night because of the baby, he told Cotillo he gave her the pacifier because she was crying before setting the sound machine up for noise and throwing it into the crib, hitting the infant in the face, the affidavit said. He told a second officer he has an anger problem and picked the machine up and threw it at the crying baby.

Rebuck was held in the Lackawanna County Prison on $35,000 bail after arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Paul Keeler. His preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday at 10:15 a.m.

Contact the writer: dsingleton@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9132