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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a neighbor shot and killed a dog after the animal attacked a 7-year-old boy in a Pittsburgh home.

The Pittsburgh public safety department says officers were dispatched to a home in the Esplen neighborhood at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday and found the child with head injuries. He was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where he was listed in stable condition Sunday.

Police said the victim’s 14-year-old brother ran to a neighbor for help after the attack by the pit bull, which belonged to a friend of the mother of the children. Officials said the neighbor, who has a license to carry a firearm, shot and killed the animal.

Trial ordered for man in 5-week-old girl’s death

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A western Pennsylvania man accused of killing his 5-week-old daughter by fracturing her skull during bath time has been ordered to stand trial.

Thirty-year-old Joseph Swidorsky is charged in Allegheny County with criminal homicide and child endangerment in the June death of Braelyn Swidorsky.

Authorities said that the child’s mother reported finding him holding the pale and unresponsive infant. Authorities said he told investigators that the child was crying in the bath and then suddenly took a big gulp of air and stopped breathing. The medical examiner’s office said she died from a skull fracture and brain hemorrhaging.

Defense attorney Pat Thomassey argued that there was no evidence that his client harmed the child. He said an unexplained injury on a child “doesn’t always mean that someone intentionally inflicted it.”

 

That’s the ticket: Robbery suspect nabbed in traffic court

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A man charged with robbing a Pittsburgh bank was jailed after he showed up to fight a traffic ticket in court.

KDKA-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1K2xxyq ) reports 23-year-old Eric Wagner Jr. was arrested Wednesday after Allegheny County sheriff’s deputies did a routine records check when Wagner appeared in Traffic Court.

District Judge Eugene Ricciardi dismissed the ticket for driving with a suspended license saying, “You got bigger problems than this.”

Wagner remained jailed Friday, unable to post $500,000 bond.

Police say a suspect in some other Pittsburgh-area bank robberies identified Wagner as the man who robbed Wesbanco Bank on Dec. 21. The other man told police he acted as a getaway driver.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Wagner who faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

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Information from: KDKA-TV, http://www.kdka.com

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