Pa. man sentenced for endangering child's welfare charge

July 11, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man who allegedly threw his infant son into a crib causing a skull fracture and hemorrhaging was sentenced to two years in Franklin County Prison Tuesday.

John F. Cramer, 30, of 7670 Anthony Highway, Waynesboro, entered a no-contest plea in May to endangering the welfare of a child.

Franklin County Judge Douglas Herman sentenced Cramer to 84 months probation Tuesday on the condition he serve 24 months in the Franklin County Prison's work release program, according to court records.

Herman also ordered Cramer to have no contact with the victim until further order of the court, court records show.

As part of the plea agreement, Cramer was obligated to serve a two- to seven-year prison term, but it would be up to the judge if it would be a local or state sentence.


In exchange for the plea, Cramer will not be prosecuted on charges of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Cramer was to be sentenced last week, but Herman postponed his decision to review a report from Franklin County Department of Children and Youth and records from juvenile court pertaining to the case.

Cramer allegedly threw his son into his crib while he was caring for him in September 2000, according to court records.

Cramer told police the baby was fussing, and around 2:30 p.m., he grabbed the baby by the arms, shook him, then walked into the baby's bedroom and threw him into his cradle, according to court records.

When the child's mother, Jennifer Cramer, returned home from work at 4:30 p.m., she noticed the baby acting different than normal, court records show. At 10 p.m., the Cramers took the 2-month-old to Fulton Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa., and later Hershey Medical Center's pediatric intensive care unit in Hershey, Pa. There, a doctor told police the child suffered a skull fracture and retinal hemorrhages that were the result of abuse, according to court records.

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