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Update: Baby Dies After Anger and Abuse

OLYPHANT — A baby died Friday night after an angry man allegedly struck the baby’s head off of a metal crib, according to officials.

Police arrested Eddie Widdick, 23, from Jermyn, Wednesday, for badly injuring his girlfriend’s 10-month-old baby and charged him with three counts of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to police papers, officers believe Widdick got angry and hit the 10 month old’s head off of a metal crib.

It happened on Delaware Avenue in Olyphant Wednesday morning while Widdick was home alone with seven kids.

Authorities said the unresponsive baby had to be flown to a hospital with head injuries, a broken rib, and bruises all over his body. The police also removed  the six other children from the house.

“A bunch of children came out of the house. One person had a baby in a baby holder, baby carrier. They went into the ambulance and the ambulance drove away slowly,” said Lee Clifford of Olyphant.

Police said Widdick told them he hesitated calling 911 about the injured baby because he feared he would, “get in trouble.”

No word yet if officials will be upgrading Widdick’s charges after allegedly killing the baby in Lackawanna County.


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