A domestic dispute led to critical injuries for a 4-year-old boy in Pennsylvania this week, according to authorities.
As WSPA reported, police reports indicate officers were dispatched to a home in North Versailles on Friday evening for a report of a nonviolent disagreement between 28-year-old Syneca Ashley Sr. and his partner, the young victim’s mother.
Following that encounter, the unidentified woman reportedly left the scene alone. Ashley remained at the residence with his son and allegedly called her a short time later.
Police say the child’s mother called 911 about 30 minutes after the first incident to report that Ashley had threatened to kill their child.
Officers once again responded to the scene, this time rushing the home and entering into an armed standoff with the suspect. Ashley allegedly barricaded himself and his son inside the residence and refused to speak to the officers outside.
Reports indicate the responding officers could hear the boy screaming from inside the home as well as sounds believed to be Ashley striking the young victim.
By early the following morning, an Allegheny County SWAT team had arrived on the scene and tactical officers entered the home.
According to Fox News, the suspect stabbed his son multiple times, ending the standoff by inflicting critical injuries on the boy. Officers reportedly apprehended Ashley without further violence and the young victim was flown to a medical facility where he was listed in critical but stable condition.
Ashley is expected to face charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, child endangerment and terroristic threats.
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