Somerset man waives hearing on child assault charges

May 8, 2019

A 24-year-old Somerset man sat quietly, with an intense look on his face, prior to waiving his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in a shaken toddler case.

Jared Lehman will face charges in Somerset County court that include felony aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children for allegedly shaking his paramour’s 15-month-old child. The child was diagnosed with a brain bleed at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where the mother took the child and where the child was placed in intensive care on April 24.

The child is now out of intensive care, Somerset Borough police Chief Randy Cox said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Lehman admitted that he jerked the child with a sharp, sudden movement, causing the child to bite his tongue, go limp and become unconscious, police detective Ruth Beckner wrote in a probable-cause affidavit. Lehman told police that he jerked the child in response to him “moaning and making similar sounds.”

The child’s mother was reportedly at work at the time. Lehman is not the child’s biological father, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Lehman is also charged with recklessly endangering another person and simple assault, both misdemeanors.

He is in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. District Judge Ken Johnson did not modify the bond at the time set aside for Lehman’s preliminary hearing Tuesday.