Joseph Gazzam was arrested after he beat his daughter to death because “she was fussy,” the officials said.
(Allegheny County Police Department)
A 30-year-old Pennsylvania man repeatedly beat his 4-month-old daughter to death Sunday because “she was fussy,” the officials said.
Allegheny County Police said Joseph Gazzam originally told police the child fell out of bed, while the two were sleeping, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
An autopsy by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office determined the child died from blunt trauma, such as a broken arm, brain bleeding, battered heart and kidneys, broken ribs, bruises, and hemorrhages in the vicinity of the eyes of the girl.
When the police confronted the Gazzam with the results of the autopsy, which he reportedly told the police the girl is “picky” and “would not stop crying and would not fall asleep again,” said the complaint.
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The police said Gazzam was admitted to punching the baby twice in the head and in the abdomen and the back.
Gazzam reportedly called 911 when the girl’s eyes rolled back in her head.
Gazzam was Monday arrested and accused of manslaughter, reckless endangering of another person, and endangering the welfare of a child, police said in a press release. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court on Friday.