PITTSBURGH — A father convicted of assaulting his infant daughter years ago is now charged with criminal homicide following the teenager’s death.
Authorities in Pennsylvania say now-37-year-old Ariden Jackson told police in May 2005 that he shook 4-week-old Janiya in an apartment in the community of McKees Rocks because she would not stop crying.
Police say doctors called the injuries life-threatening and “likely to cause long-term developmental disability.” Court documents indicate Jackson pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and child and reckless endangerment.
Police say that the now-13-year-old girl died in February of “complications of a seizure disorder resulting from remote abusive head trauma.” The death was ruled homicide.
Court documents don’t list a defense attorney; a listed number for Jackson couldn’t be found Wednesday.