Williamsport Man Charged with Killing Baby

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Abdullah Friend of Williamsport is locked up, charged with homicide, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, and reckless endangerment.

Williamsport police say in April 2017, Friend killed his 9-month-old son.

"There's no excuse why anyone would hurt or harm this defenseless child. I don't care what your ethnic background is or your agenda or any of that. Our children deserve to live,” said Olephia Crawford of Williamsport.

Williamsport police say they received an autopsy report last month that revealed the infant died from being "violently shaken."

Newswatch 16 spoke with one man about the crime who did not want to be identified.

"Not being able to handle your child crying, shaking your child is an idiot thing to do, but unfortunately we're surrounded by people like that in today's society,” he said.

"When he goes to jail and they find out what he did, he's gonna get his ultimate punishment, because that's one thing the prison system and the convicts in that system frown upon, rapists and child abusers. So justice will be served one way or another, so I'm happy they caught him,” said Crawford.

Because he's charged with homicide, Friend is locked up without bail in Lycoming County.


  • jimbrony

    OMG! Would you please stop with the ‘he’ll get his in prison’ nonsense! Who do you think is in prison to begin with? Do you think there’s some moral code amongst inmates that they dole out prison justice for child abusers and rapists? You watch WAY too much TV. This guy will fit right in with the rest of the filth in their cells.

    • Am Light

      I hate to speculate but I imagine that its because his hoe wasn’t there to take the beating for the baby. What a vile man to shake a baby to death. That poor tiny child didn’t deserve that and never asked to be born to sociopaths.

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