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February 27, 2013

New Berlin man charged with beating an infant

MIFFLINBURG - New Berlin man accused of causing devastating injuries to his girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter also faces charges in a Jan. 9 fatal drug-related shooting near the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus in Williamsport.

The Union County charges against 21-year-old Isaiah Tashan Fulton are one felony count of aggravated assault and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person.

Fulton was arrested and arraigned Thursday by District Judge Jeffrey Mensch and sent to Union County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing before Judge Mensch is scheduled for March 26.

In Lycoming County, Fulton is charged with three felony counts of hindering prosecution and a misdemeanor count of obstructing justice. He has not been arraigned there yet.

Fulton’s charges with the baby stem from Aug. 13, 2012. Emergency personnel arrived at a Front Street home in New Berlin for a 911 call of an unresponsive female baby.

According to the affidavit filed by state police, Fulton was watching the baby while her mother was at work. He told first-responders he found the baby unresponsive and began CPR. Her mother told police the baby was fine when she left for work about a half hour before.

Emergency medical technicians told state police the girl was in full cardiac arrest by the time they arrived, the affidavit states. She was treated at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg and later flown by medical helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Dr. Paul Bellino, of Geisinger’s Pediatric Abuse Team, told state police the baby had retinal hemorrhages and an unexplained subdural hematoma, consistent with abusive head trauma.

According the affidavit, Bellino stated the baby is “neurologically devastated and not likely to regain consciousness.”

In the Lycoming County slaying, PennLive.com reported Monday that Fulton and Antonio Carpenter, 17, of Montandon, Northumberland County, are accused of arranging rides to and from Easton for two men charged with the murder of Terell Henderson-Littles. These included an overnight stop in Milton after the shooting.

Carpenter, who waived his preliminary hearing, is free on $35,000 unsecured bail but under supervision in Union County, where he faces charges in a Dec. 13 home invasion in Lewisburg.

In that case, Carpenter and two other men allegedly broke into the home and brandished a handgun while searching for someone they believed was there, stealing several items in the process.

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