By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE — A 29-year-old Egyptian living in Selinsgrove on an expired tourist visa is being held in lieu of $1 million cash for the attempted homicide of his 4-month-old son who suffered a brain injury and multiple fractures following an alleged beating in late October.
Selinsgrove police said Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim called paramedics to 314 W. Snyder St. on Oct. 28 to aid his son, Ali Ibrahim, who had a seizure and stopped breathing after being fed a bottle of milk. Father and son were the only occupants in the home, police said.
The infant was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in respiratory distress. Medical staff determined he had suffered a brain and eye injuries, which were listed as “too numerous to count,” as well as multiple bone, rib and wrist fractures, some of which were indicative of a prior injury, according to court documents.
Borough police were contacted by medical staff on Oct. 29.
The baby’s mother, Victoria Biggs, told police her son was fine when she took him to her workplace at the Susquehanna Valley Mall at around 2 p.m. on Oct. 28 and when she turned the child over to Ibrahim.
Surveillance cameras inside the mall show Ibrahim carrying the baby, who was not in distress. Ibrahim later told emergency medical staff and Children and Youth workers that he was alone with the boy the rest of the time.
Biggs and Ibrahim maintain the boy’s injuries occurred three days earlier when he was in the care of others, but “medical evidence” contradicts their assertions and “Mahmoud Ibrahim had exclusive opportunity to commit the offenses against the child”, court records said.
The condition of the infant, who is being treated in the pediatric intensive care unit at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, was unknown Monday.
Biggs could not be reached for comment.
Ibrahim allegedly fled the area and went to New York City, police said.
Concerned that Ibrahim, who is in the U.S. on an expired tourist visa, may leave the country, police obtained a warrant for his arrest Friday from District Judge John H. Reed charging him with felony criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
Shortly after Ibrahim was listed in the National Crime Information Center as a wanted man on Friday, borough police received information that he had just been involved in an accident on or near Route 80 in Hazleton and that his vehicle was disabled.
Hazleton state police returned the accident site where Ibrahim was still waiting to be picked up by a friend and took him into custody on the warrant without incident, police said.
Ibrahim waived arraignment in Luzerne County and was brought back to Selinsgrove for a preliminary arraignment before District Judge Reed who imposed a $1 million bail pending a Nov. 26 preliminary hearing.
Borough police continue to investigate the old injuries suffered by the infant.