Police investigate assaults on two infants in Antrim Township

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg are investigating separate assaults on two infants in Antrim Township which sent the babies to regional hospitals.

Authorities said aggravated assault was inflicted on a 2-month-old boy that necessitated him being flown to the Children’s Hospital of D.C., and a man has been charged in the May simple assault of a 4-month-old boy.

Matthew Beeler Sr., no age given, of Greencastle, was charged with simple assault of the 4-month-old that allegedly occurred at 9:50 a.m. May 6, 2011 at 14112 Timothy Drive, Greencastle. Police said Beeler allegedly picked the baby up by the ankles and in doing so the left leg slipped from his grasp. Police said Beeler continued to lift the infant up and towards himself by his right leg. The baby suffered a fractured right femur, according to police reports. The infant was taken to Waynesboro Hospital and then Chambersburg Hospital before being transferred to Hershey Medical Center.

Police are seeking information on the other assault in which the most recent injury occurred between 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and 7:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at 2160 Buchanan Trail West. Police said the 2-month-old, who is the child of Amy May Tayor and Steven Graham Burton, suffered five serious injuries,with the most recent being two broken femurs. He also suffered a fractured skull and a broken arm. Police said that the injuries were so severe that the baby had to be flown to the Children’s Hospital of D.C. in order to receiver proper medical care.

According to police, there were no signs of entry into the residence and neither parent came forth with any information which would explain any of the injuries.

Police ask that any information on the investigation be called to them at 264-5161.