He initially claimed that the baby had fallen from the bed while they slept together.
A baby cries for many reasons. Most of the time, the baby feels hungry, uncomfortable, or he may be in pain. As a parent, checking and making sure that your baby is okay should be your priority. If the baby continues to cry without stopping, there must be something really wrong with him/her.
Babies rely on their parents for anything because they are still too weak. In addition to that, they cannot really express themselves through words, and crying is their only way to communicate with adults. At times, it is hard to calm a baby down, especially when we don’t know what they exactly want.
30-year-old Joseph Gazzam changed his daughter Victoria’s diapers and put her down for a nap. However, little Victoria began crying. Joseph soon became irritated and frustrated as the 4-month-old baby wouldn’t stop crying no matter what he did.
Officers in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, soon received a report of an unresponsive infant a little afternoon. Victoria Gazzam was brought to a hospital and pronounced dead less than an hour later. Gazzam told authorities that his daughter had fallen off the bed after they took a nap together.
An autopsy revealed the infant died of blunt force trauma and had suffered multiple broken bones, a lacerated heart vessel, a lacerated kidney, brain bleeding, a liver contusion, a hemorrhage behind the eyes, and several bruises to the back and head.
Dr. Christine James of the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said that the “injuries could not occur to an infant by falling from the surface of a mattress that was two feet, two inches above a carpeted floor,” according to the affidavit.
When authorities question Gazzam one more time, he soon gave in and told them that he had punched his daughter because she was ‘fussy’ and wouldn’t stop crying. Gazzam told police that he punched the infant twice in the head out of anger, then in the stomach and back. He called 911 when Victoria’s eyes rolled towards the back of her head and stopped breathing.
Gazzam has been charged with homicide, recklessly endangering another person, and endangering the welfare of a child. He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.