On July 6, Carlisle Police said a 4-month-old Carlisle boy died from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
The boy’s father has now been charged with criminal homicide for allegedly causing those injuries.
Brian Leroy Wagner, 30, of Carlisle, was charged Tuesday with felony criminal homicide, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children.
Around 9 a.m. July 6, Carlisle Police responded to Wagner’s home in the 700 block of Hamilton Court in Carlisle for a report of an unresponsive infant, police said.
The child was flown to Hershey Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Carlisle Police.
A review of the coroner’s autopsy by a doctor at Hershey Medical Center, turned in Jan. 25, confirmed the child had suffered traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries consistent with violent shaking, which likely caused the child to become unconscious and stop breathing, the affidavit said.
When questioned, Wagner said he had been at home with the child and a 15-month-old child while the children’s mother worked that day, police said. He said the child had been sick, but he was able get him to go back to sleep around 7:30 a.m., the affidavit said.
He said he checked on the boy around 8:15 a.m. and said he could see he was breathing, but when he checked in again at 9 a.m., the boy was no longer breathing and Wagner called 911, police said.
The boy was suffering from E. coli sepsis, but it was determined the traumatic injuries and not the illness caused his death, according to the affidavit.
Wagner is being held in Cumberland County Prison without bail, according to court records.
Bail cannot be set in Pennsylvania in cases where the defendant is charged with a capital offense or an offense where the maximum penalty is life in prison, like criminal homicide.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled 8 a.m. Feb. 21 in front of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Birbeck.