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Police: 17 year-old father assaulted two month-old daughter

Posted at 10:52 PM, Oct 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 18:43:45-04

A 17 year-old Buffalo father is under arrest, accused of critically injuring his infant daughter.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon on Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Authorities say the nearly two month-old child suffered a fractured skull, broken ribs and other injuries.

She is listed in critical condition at Women and Children's hospital.

The child's father, Ziaire Davis, is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Davis's arrest is also focusing attention the continuing problem of teenage pregnancies and parenting.

7 Eyewitness News talked with Kristin Scholz from EPIC in Buffalo (Every Person Influences Children).  For over thirty six years, EPIC has provided parenting programs for adults and teens.  The organization is getting ready to kick-off a new, free 8-week program called "Incredible Years."  It is intended to help young mothers and fathers with babies under age one.  More information is available by calling 332-4193 or at www.EPICforChildren.org.

EPIC has started a new in-school program called "Just For Teens" at South Park and McKinly High Schools in Buffalo.

Ed Reilly has more in his reports.