A 3-month-old baby is still being treated for serious injuries at Upstate Hospital in Syracuse following a shaking incident over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tragedy on Thanksgiving

Police say officers and members of the Utica Fire Department were called to a residence on the 900 block of Lenox Avenue on the afternoon of Thanksgiving. Police say they were called there for an unresponsive child.

When first responders arrived, they located the 3-month-old suffering from apparent neurological trauma and other injuries as a result of apparently being shaken and abused.

Lt,. Michael Curley of the Utica Police Department told WIBX that the father of the child eventually shared with family members that he was the one who caused injury to the child.

The Utica Fire Department quickly transported the baby to the Wynn Hospital in Utica. Staff began life saving treatment and a CT scan was conducted. After a brain bleed was discovered and neurological impairment was still strong, the baby was flown to Upstate Hospital in Syracuse for further treatment which is where the child remains, according to officials.

Father of Child Arrested

Photo Courtesy of UPD via Facebook
Photo Courtesy of UPD via Facebook

Police say 22-year-old Miguel Pizzaro of Utica left the scene prior to first responders arriving, but eventually a "Be On the Look Out (BOLO)" was issued and an investigator with the UPD Warrants Unit was able to establish a location for Pizzaro. Police say while conducting surveillance, patrol officers located Pizzaro outside a residence in the city and he was taken into custody without incident.

After being interviewed by the Criminal Investigations Division, officials say Pizzaro admitted to causing physical harm to his child and as a result he has been charged with Reckless Assault of a Child.

Police say other charges are likely as the investigation proceeds.

The Utica Police Department asks that you keep the child and the family in your thoughts as the baby continues to be treated for the significant injuries.

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