The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 21, 2013

Dad charged with battering baby ends hunger strike

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — After refusing food for four days, a Snyder County Prison inmate accused of beating his 4-month-old son began eating on Wednesday.

County Commissioner Joe Kantz confirmed that Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, 29, of Selinsgrove, has begun to eat on his own.

His voluntary decision to accept food meant prison officials were able to avoid seeking a court order to force him to accept nourishment,

Kantz said prison staffers are keeping an eye on Ibrahim to make sure he is eating adequately.

Prison employees are trained to monitor inmates’ food intake, and when they miss a certain number of meals, a court order may be obtained to force them to eat, Kantz said.

Ibrahim has been in custody in lieu of $1 million bail at the prison outside of Selinsgrove since Saturday for attempted homicide in connection with the brutal beating of his infant son.

Selinsgrove police allege Ibrahim assaulted the boy on Oct. 28, causing a brain and eye injuries and several broken bones. Police are also investigating medical findings that some of the broken bones were allegedly inflicted at a prior date and had begun to heal.

Warden Ruth Rush said Tuesday that Ibrahim gave no reason for refusing to eat.