Police charge man for allegedly inflicting brain damage to 1-year-old

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A baby in Salamanca is in critical condition at Buffalo Children’s Hospital after an assault — police now say the man who put her there is behind bars.

Police in Salamanca say they’ve arrested a 25-year-old native for beating a 1-year-old baby. Police say the baby was abused last week, and emergency medical personnel responded to a distress call for a severely injured child.

Jarred W. Murphy was arrested at 10 a.m. Thursday on charges related to the alleged assault. Police say he was the child’s guardian when he allegedly inflicted life-threatening harm to her. First responders brought the baby to the hospital where she went under the knife for emergency brain surgery.

“Our hopes and prayers go out to this tough little girl and her family in their time of need,” Salamanca Police Chief Troy Westfall said.

Police charged Murphy with first degree assault, reckless assault of a child and endangering the welfare of a child — two felonies and a misdemeanor. Police say a coalition of police forces, first responders and hospital staff investigated and worked together to piece together the events behind the assault.

Murphy is currently in the Cattaraugus County Jail on $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond, but the baby is currently in critical condition.

Westfall said that’s an improvement to when she was first brought in last Saturday.

“She opened her eyes and that was good,” he said. “She’s not out of the woods yet by any means. And that’s what we’re all praying for right now. She’s tough. She’s made it this far.”

Westfall says the case has touched a nerve in his department.

“Obviously, it’s extremely difficult. Most everyone here is a parent or reaching the stage in their life where they’re a grandparent, and we’ve all cared for little ones before, and you think about your own children, and it cuts right into you,” he said.

Westfall also issued a plea to young or first-time parents.

“If you start or feel to lose control or become frustrated, call a friend, call family members,” he said. “You have a support network. We all have a support network. Please call upon it before you do something that you regret, because you can’t take back these injuries.”

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