On Monday, police arrested 19-year-old Jujuan Brady, who’s accused of killing his 2-month-old daughter, Ashley Brady, in an apartment in the 300 block of North Second Street. Brady was charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children
. He was being held without bail in Dauphin County Prison.
An autopsy completed last week revealed Ashley died of traumatic asphyxia
— a form of suffocation — and traumatic brain injury
, according to court papers. She had multiple fractures
that were healing, along with fresh rib impressions on her right lung and right lobe of her liver
, court papers stated.
Brady told police the injuries were caused by him trying to administer CPR, Capt. Elijah Massey said. However, Ashley had been dead a number of hours prior to the 911 call
at 1:23 a.m. Dec. 31, authorities contend.
Brady was his daughter’s primary caregiver, investigators said. Ashley’s mother also cared for her daughter and lived at the apartment, but police did not charge her. The mother, who was not identified, was working at the time of her daughter’s death, Massey said. . . .
Brady admitted forcibly pushing down on his daughter’s ribs
throughout her short life, court papers stated. He also admitted to pressing on her ribs with greater force on the day of her death, police said. Investigators said they determined Ashley’s last injuries caused her immediate death.
“Bones are very brittle at that age, so any type of hand pressure at all would cause some bruising,” Massey said. “Those types of injuries are not something that would just happen without someone consciously thinking about doing that to a child.” . . .