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Abusive boyfriend accused in brutal beating death of 10-month-old baby boy

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Police in Lackawanna County, Pa., arrested and charged 23-year-old Eddie Widdick of Jermyn, after he admittedly threw his girlfriend’s 10-month-old son down a flight stairs and then further hurt the baby by forcibly placing him in a crib and hitting his head.

Ten-month-old Silas died Friday night from those injuries, according to a March 29 report from the Times-Tribune.

The fatal abuse occurred on Wednesday after police say Widdick beat the boy so badly that the infant suffered “deep brain injuries, a rib fracture, hemorrhages in both eyes and bruises on his head and torso.”

Widdick was charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child on Wednesday. An autopsy is scheduled for Silas today. First Assistant District Attorney Gene Talerico announced on Saturday that additional charges will be filed against Widdick following that autopsy.

Mr. Widdick called his girlfriend, Ashley Nelson, on Wednesday morning to say the child was not “breathing right” and that he “didn’t do it,” police said. Seven minutes later, he called 911 to report the baby had fallen out of the crib and wasn’t breathing.

WNEP reported that Widdick didn’t dial 911 right away because he was afraid he’d “get in trouble.”

After the baby was transported to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Widdick admitted to dropping the baby “down a flight of steps and was forceful when he put the child into a crib.”

In addition to the tragic death of baby Silas, six other children – including Silas’ twin sister - lived at the home with Widdick and his girlfriend. Five of those children under the age of 13 also displayed signs of physical bruising. All six kids have been removed from the home by Lackawanna County Children and Youth Services.

Silas’ mother hasn’t been charged with anything.

Widdick is being held at the Lackawanna County Jail, unable to post his $150,000 bond.

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