An Atlantic City man was arrested Thursday in connection with the aggravated assault of a 3-month-old baby boy, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
Thursday afternoon, detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Crimes Against Children Unit arrested Lavarrel W. Thompson, 26, of Chelsea Village Apartments, for assaulting a 3-month-old baby boy whom he was responsible for in October.
Thompson was arrested at a residence in Pleasantville without incident. On October 25, Thompson brought the unresponsive baby to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus. The baby exhibited signs of trauma to the head. Consistent with protocol, the hospital notified authorities. Subsequently, the Prosecutor's Office Crimes Against Children Unit initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the baby's injuries.
Following an extensive investigation, Thompson was placed under arrest. He has been charged with second-degree aggravated assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
The charges allege that Thompson shook the baby, resulting in serious bodily injuries. Thompson has been lodged at the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $100,000 full cash bail set by Superior Court Judge Max A. Baker. Additionally, Thompson can have no contact with the victim. The baby has since been transferred to Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick for continued treatment.
Second-degree aggravated assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child each carry a sentence of five to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison and up to $150,000 in fines.