Pennsylvania man punches baby in face to ‘get into heaven’

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Pennsylvania man punches baby in face to 'get into heaven'

A Pennsylvania man punched a 1-year-old baby in the face at a hospital after he said he was told he must hurt the boy in order to get into heaven, according to police

Elijah Flick-Geibel, 19, was in a wheelchair at Butler Memorial Hospital — where he had been involuntarily committed — on his way to the behavioral health urgent care area on Tuesday night when he suddenly arose and approached a mother and her 20-month-old child, according to court documents obtained by the Butler Eagle.

A hospital employee tried to call for help to hit the “code yellow” button and call for assistance: 

“(The employee) turned to hit the ‘code yellow’ button to get help,” investigating officers wrote. “While he turned, he heard a ‘slap’ and a woman scream, ‘He hit my baby.’ ”

The mother told cops that Flick-Geibel approached the chair she was seated with her son in the triage area from behind, and began staring at the child. His presence made her uneasy and she ran into another room with the baby. Flick-Geibel followed her into the room, where he swung and punched the child in the face, she told police.

Exterior of Butler Memorial Hospital.
The 20-month-old has not sustained any known injuries aside from redness in the cheek.
AP / Keith Srakocic

Flick-Geibel told an officer that he has tasks he needs to complete to get into heaven and was told to hurt the baby, the court paperwork said, according to KDKA.

According to the complaint, the baby’s cheek was red, but there were no other obvious signs of injury. Flick-Geibel was quickly subdued by hospital staff and security.

He is facing charges of aggravated assault of a child, simple assault and disorderly conduct. He has yet to be arrested on the charges, the Butler Eagle reported.

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