ELIZABETH — On Wednesday, a Union County Grand Jury indicted an Elizabeth man on charges that he assaulted his infant son, according to Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.
Brandon Matos, 25, was arrested on Jan. 21 after EMS was called to the defendant’s house on reports that the five-month-old child had stopped breathing. The infant was taken to Trinitas Medical Center and quickly transferred to Newark Beth Israel Hospital where doctors discovered a number of injuries consistent with non-accidental abusive head trauma, said Park.
“It is unacceptable for anyone to attack a defenseless infant, especially a parent,” said Park. “Protection of the innocent and defenseless is a core mission of both the criminal justice system and our office.”
Following an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and Detective Vito Colacitti, Matos was indicted on charges of second degree aggravated assault for recklessly causing serious bodily injury and second degree child endangerment for inflicting unnecessary physical pain, said Park. Matos is currently being held in the Union County Jail on $75,000 bail. Assistant Prosecutor John Esmerado will prosecute the case.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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