Old Lycoming Township man charged in death of baby
A 22-year-old Old Lycoming Township man was charged Tuesday with the late-2018 killing of his girlfriend’s baby.
Jason Micah Forsyth, of 1994 Misner Road, allegedly inflicted “multiple blunt force injuries” on 19-month-old Ky’Mani Moore, which resulted in his death on Dec. 21, 2018, according to a forensic pathologist.
Emergency medical services and police performed CPR when they were called to the home of Forsyth and his girlfriend, Alyssa Carpenter, at 9:01 a.m. that day, and the baby was pronounced dead at Williamsport Regional Medical Center’s emergency room an hour later.
As Forsyth appeared “detached” when it was revealed the baby had died, and “did not appear to want to have anything to do with the situation,” a hospital official said to police.
In interviews with Carpenter, police said she confirmed that Forsyth was not the father of her baby, and the last time she saw her child alive was the night before his death, on Dec. 20, 2018.
“Carpenter stated she remembered waking up to Ky’Mani crying,” the affidavit said. “She walked over to his bedroom and found Forsyth in Ky’Mani’s bedroom, giving Ky’Mani a bottle.”
The next morning, at about 7:45 a.m., Carpenter told police she checked on Ky’Mani to find him lying on the floor next to his stuffed tiger, and left him there. About 15 minutes later, Forsyth allegedly said he was going to give Moore a bottle and change his diaper.
About an hour after Forsyth’s return, Carpenter said to police that she asked him to check on Ky’Mani once more.
“Carpenter said Forsyth walked out of Ky’Mani’s bedroom and said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you, Ky’Mani is unresponsive,'” according to the affidavit.
She also confirmed to police that Forsyth was the only person to have physical contact with her child since she observed him crying the night before.
On Dec. 22, 2018, an autopsy was performed by Dr. B.K. Bollinger with the Forensic Pathology Associates. The report wasn’t finished until April 15, 2019.
In it, he found the baby had “contusions of the head, torso and extremities, a skull fracture, healing fractures of two of his ribs and one finger,” along with several other injuries.
As of Nov. 5, 2019, Forsyth had been in prison on unrelated theft charges, but was denied bail in this case by Judge William C. Solomon.
He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at 1965 Lycoming Creek Road.