6-Month-Old Assaulted

A 20-year-old Jamestown man was charged Friday after allegedly assaulting his 6-month-old son, leaving the infant in critical condition.

According to investigators from the Jamestown Police Department, the incident occurred Thursday afternoon when Steven A. Spencer reportedly shook his son and struck him with an object.

Spencer brought the infant to WCA Hospital, where the child was later transferred to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

The child was last reported to be in critical condition.

JPD was notified of the incident by Child Protective Services and immediately launched an investigation.

Spencer was taken into custody and charged with second-degree assault and reckless assault of a child, both felony charges.

He was transported to city jail and was awaiting arraignment Friday evening.

Details on the extent of injuries sustained by the child or what kind of object was used in the assault were not released.

The incident is reminiscent of the April 17 beating of Nayla Hodnett, a 16-month-old girl from Jamestown who later died of her injuries.

An autopsy ruled her death a homicide caused by blunt force trauma.

An investigation is still ongoing to determine who is responsible for her murder.

Another similar incident occurred in October 2009, when Jamestown Police and EMTs found 2-year-old Auston Morales of Jamestown unresponsive and not breathing.

Morales was taken to WCA Hospital and later transported by Starflight to Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, where he died the following evening.

An autopsy revealed that Auston did not die of natural causes, but rather through injuries sustained at the home.

His father, Agustin Morales, who was 32 at the time, later pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.