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Teen girl shaken as a baby has died; father faces homicide charges 14 years after assaulting her for soiling diaper, refusing bottle

A Pennsylvania man who assaulted his daughter 14 years ago is now facing homicide charges after the girl passed away from complications connected to injuries sustained as a newborn.

In 2005, when Janiya Jackson was a 4-week-old infant, her father, 37-year-old Ariden Jackson, shook her so violently that she ended up with developmental delays and medical issues for life, including seizures and severe brain injuries.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a criminal complaint against Jackson indicated he became frustrated while trying to care for the baby and lost his temper. The incident happened in 2005, at an apartment complex in the McKees Rocks, around 5 miles outside of Pittsburgh.

“He continued to explain that [Janiya] messed her diaper when he tried to feed her a bottle, and she kept turning her head away and the neighbor’s music was very loud,” the complaint read. “Jackson stated he was frustrated, angry and unfortunately took it out on [Janiya].”

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Janiya passed away in February 2019, but it took several months for the Beaver County Medical Examiner’s office to announce the cause of death. On April 11, the girl’s official cause of death was listed as “complications of a seizure disorder resulting from remote abusive head trauma,” according to the outlet.

Jackson previously served 10 years for aggravated assault and child and reckless endangerment. He was released in 2016. As of Wednesday, he has not yet been arrested for the new charges, but police confirmed a warrant has been taken out for his arrest. According to CBS Philadelphia, authorities are currently searching for the suspect.

Anyone with information on Jackson’s whereabouts is urged to call the Allegheny County Police tip line at 1-833-255-8477.

The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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