A Beaver County man is accused of severely beating his 2-year-old son with a belt because the toddler urinated on a bedroom floor.
Dennis Kahlil Miller, 21, of Ambridge, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child in the beating, which left his son hospitalized in the intensive care unit of Children's Hospital in Oakland.
"This was just unbelievable," said Ambridge Patrolman James Mann, who began investigating the case Wednesday evening after being called by Julie Fana, a child advocate at the hospital who told him about the possibility that the child, who suffered serious head injuries and extensive bruising over his entire body, had been abused.
"When we searched the apartment, we found a black leather belt with metal circle rings that matched the exact pattern of the bruises and welts on the child's body," Mann said Thursday.
Paramedics were called at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday to an apartment on 4th Street, where the child lived with Miller and Miller's girlfriend.
"The child was foaming from the mouth, and everybody thought at first he suffered a seizure," Mann said.
The patrolman said Miller gave Fana a phony name and age, and said he took the child on a bus Friday to visit the toddler's mother in Philadelphia. He said he returned home Friday and went back Sunday to bring the child home when he noticed the injuries.
Mann called Philadelphia County Children and Youth Services, who gave them Miller's real name and date of birth. The officer said he then learned that Miller was wanted on drug charges in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia police found that the toddler's mother was in the hospital, and she told Mann that she had been there since July 23 for gallbladder surgery.
Mann then asked Pittsburgh police to pick up Miller on the outstanding warrants, which they did.
Beaver County detectives interviewed him at the Allegheny County Jail where, according to the criminal complaint, "Mr. Miller broke down and fully admitted he inflicted the ... injuries to his son with a 'belt' because his son 'urinated' on the floor of his bedroom."
Mann said the child, who has a broken nose, severe eye trauma and other injuries, was conscious and able to talk with nurses last night.