Ex-Bradford Resident Jailed for Nearly Beating Baby to Death

by Anne Holliday – WESB

A former Bradford resident is in a Washington County, PA, jail after being accused of beating his 5-month-old son until the baby was almost dead.

25-year-old Keith Anthony Long was picked up last Monday in Olean, NY, where his former girlfriend lives with their two children. He was taken to Washington County on Friday, and is jailed on $110,000 bond.

Police were notified on September 16 that the baby was being treated at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for life-threatening injuries. The baby suffered severe injuries to his head, torso and arm and had little or no normal brain function, according to court records.

During their investigation, police learned that Long allegedly also assaulted the 5-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, Christa Bolen. The girl told police Long hit her in the face on multiple occasions, kicked her and threw her into the refrigerator. Court records also indicate that Long flicked a cigarette ash in Bolen’s eye when she was pregnant, and that a temporary Protection from Abuse order had been filed.

A preliminary hearing had originally been scheduled for October 6 in front of District Judge Jay Weller, but that has been continued and a new date has not been set yet.

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