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Mother charged in child abuse case

The Herald - 3/8/2018

March 08--MERCER -- The mother of a 4-month-old with more than 22 rib fractures has been accused of not stopping the alleged abuse by the baby's father.

Kayla Renea Buchanan, 21, of 223 Cunningham St., Mercer, was charged Feb. 21 with endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment in connection with the alleged abuse, which police say occurred in the home between April 13 and Aug. 20.

In a criminal complaint, state police alleged that Buchanan subjected her infant to the abuse and did nothing to stop it.

The baby's father, Michael Scott Day, 23, of the same address, was charged Aug. 26 with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment and harassment.

Day admitted to police that in a moment of frustration he caused the injuries by squeezing the baby too tightly, according to a police report.

A doctor at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh contacted state police on Aug. 21 after medical personnel discovered the rib fractures, which were in various stages of healing, according to the police report.

The infant also was diagnosed with a broken collarbone, fractured shin and a fractured thigh bone with displacement.

"A lack of reasonable cause for the injuries was found to be present," police said in the report after interviewing the child's parents.

Police were able to "establish that the victim was in the care of only her mother or father" when the injuries took place, the report continued.

Day was released on a $50,000 bond after his arraignment.

His next hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday in front of Mercer County Common Pleas President Judge Robert G. Yeatts.

Buchanan's preliminary hearing is set for 11:30 a.m.March 22 in front of District Judge Daniel W. Davis, Mercer.


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