UPMC medical staff investigates child endangerment case

UPMC staff determined that the child was suffering from multiple severe brain injuries caused by abusive head trauma

James Neil Beck facing child abuse charges in Mercer County, PA

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WKBN) – On Tuesday, Aug. 23, a 3-month-old male was taken to the Grove City Medical Center for life threatening injuries.

The child was then taken via helicopter to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where he was in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit.

UPMC released a full report to the Pennsylvania State Police in Mercer County the following day.

The report indicated that the child’s injuries were suspected to be caused by child abuse.

Upon further investigation by medical staff at UPMC, they determined that the child was suffering from multiple severe brain injuries caused by abusive head trauma.

The report states that the child’s father, James Beck, 27, was identified as the person who caused the trauma to the child. On multiple occasions, most recently on Monday, Aug. 22, he became frustrated with the child because he was crying and causing Beck to lose sleep, according to a witness.

On Thursday, Aug. 29, Beck was taken into custody on a traffic stop near a Sharpsville residence by PSP Mercer with the assistance of the Sharpsville Police Department.

Police charged him with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Beck was taken to the Mercer County Jail on a $250,000 secured bond, pending a preliminary hearing.

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