WILKES-BARRE — An arrest warrant has been issued for a 22-year-old man charged with causing life-threatening injuries to a 2-month-old inside a Wyoming Street residence in the city last year.
Arrick M. Griffin, of 60 Foote Ave., Duryea, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children.
The warrant was issued Tuesday by District Judge Thomas Malloy in Wilkes-Barre after an investigation by city police and Luzerne County detectives.
According to a criminal complaint:
An unresponsive 2-month-old was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on July 24.
An emergency room physician examined the infant, discovering head trauma, bruises and older injuries. The physician reported suspected child abuse to authorities, as required by law.
Griffin explained to physicians the infant suffered the injuries by falling off a bed when he was in a bathroom at 234 Wyoming St. He claimed he picked up the infant from a crib, placed the baby on a bed, walked into a bathroom and then heard a “thud.”
Griffin said he picked up the infant from the floor, and the baby was not moving and appeared to be “limp.” A neighbor called 911.
The infant was then flown to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey due to life-threatening injuries. The child was treated and survived.
Griffin called the infant’s biological mother, Samantha Parks, at Hershey Medical Center later on July 24.
During the phone call, Griffin told Parks the infant did not fall off a bed, but that Griffin was holding the baby when his sandal got caught on carpeting, causing him to drop the baby.
Medical records for the infant cited by investigators indicate the baby sustained bruises to his chest, left knee, a broken left arm and brain trauma. Detectives say the infant’s injuries are not consistent with Griffin’s explanation of falling off a bed or the baby dropping from his arms to the floor.