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Woman jailed on charges of abuse

A 23-year-old mother has been locked up on assault-related charges for allegedly abusing her then 1-month-old infant son that resulted in the baby suffering a broken right arm, according to city police Agent Jason Bolt.

Ashley Marie Davis, of 1411 W. Fourth St., was taken into custody at her home late Wednesday morning by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey on charges of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.

The infant, now in protective custody, was admitted to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center in late August with injuries that were “consistent with physical abuse,” Bolt said in an affidavit.

During questioning by police, Davis admitted that she was “frazzled, stressed out and sleep-deprived while caring for the baby at home on Aug. 29,” Bolt said.

The infant was “really fussy and wouldn’t stop crying,” so Davis grabbed the baby’s two arms and “jerked him out of his bouncer seat,” Bolt said. The mother’s actions only made the baby “cry a lot worse,” Bolt said police were told.

Davis admitted to causing the baby’s injuries, Bolt said. Following her arraignment, she was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $35,000 bail.