SCRANTON -- A man is charged with assaulting a baby in Scranton.
Police say Chester Godfrey, 24, admitted to shaking and hitting his girlfriend's 4-month-old son while he was babysitting the child over the weekend.
Scranton police arrested that man Monday night after an interview at police headquarters.
According to court papers, Godfrey first denied abusing his girlfriend's 4-month-old son, but he eventually admitted to hitting and shaking the baby.
Neighbors say five people live in the second-floor apartment of a home on Moosic Street in Scranton: two adults and three children.
According to court papers, Godfrey was home on Saturday babysitting all three children. The mother of the children returned home from work to find her 4-month-old son with a cut above his eye. Godfrey said it was caused by one of the other children.
The child's condition worsened over the weekend. Police say the baby started having seizures and was flown to Hershey Medical Center Monday night.
That's when Godfrey was questioned by Scranton police. Officers noticed inconsistencies in his story and he finally admitted to throwing a DVD which cut the child. Godfrey also admits hitting him and shaking him three or four times.
Neighbors say they witnessed Godfrey hitting and yelling at the two older children who live here.
The 4-month-old remains in the hospital while Godfrey is behind bars, charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Neighbors say Godfrey is not the father of the 4-month-old boy who was injured. The child's condition has not been released.