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Baby At Center Of Abuse Allegations Dies

Posted on: 1:47 pm, January 3, 2012, by , updated on: 01:51pm, January 3, 2012

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A baby involved in what police call a case of child abuse has died in Lackawanna County.

Authorities believe Matthew Evans, 20, from Dunmore shook two-month-old Jayden Cohen two weeks ago causing injuries that led to his death Monday night.

The baby lived in an apartment in the 400 block of Foote Street in Dunmore with his mother Dorri Cohen, and Evans. Evans is Cohen’s boyfriend, but not the baby’s father.

Last month investigators said the mother left the two-month-old baby with Evans.

Paramedics were called and they rushed the baby to the hospital.

Police arrested Evans after they said he admitted to smoking synthetic marijuana.

Evans was also charged with aggravated assault.

“This particular defendant understood the dangers of shaking, and despite those warnings and despite his own knowledge, he still made the conscious choice to do it,” said Lackawanna County Assistant District Attorney Gene Talerico.

Authorities in Lackawanna County have not said what new charges may be filed against Evans after the death of the baby.

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