Patrick L. Robinson, Wayne County District Attorney, announced the arrest of Dustin Michael Hazen, age 27, of Honesdale, PA for Criminal Attempt Homicide (F), Strangulation (F2), Aggravated Assault-Victim Less Than 13 and Defendant older than 18 (F1), and Simple Assault (M1).
According to release issued by the Wayne County District Attorney's Office:
"On April 15th, 2019, the defendant, Dustin Hazen was the prime custodian of S.J.S, 18 months old, between the hours of 0835 hrs and 1200 hrs, when S.J.S sustained injuries that required he seek immediate medical treatment.
"The injuries were multiple and severe, and include abrasions to his face, including bruising to the child’s eye(s), scalp, nose, ears, lips, mouth, neck, chest, back, and buttocks.
"The child remains in inpatient treatment as of the time of this press release.
"A medical report obtained on April 16, 2019, authored by a member of the medical staff at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania indicated the child had multiple non-accidental bruises on numerous parts of his body and noted a particularly concerning linear-type bruise under the child’s chin, which is consistent with a hand or object being placed there with such force to cause such a bruise and which would have placed the baby at risk of constricting his air flow and limiting his ability to breathe."
This story will be updated as information becomes available.