$25,000 bail for Berkshire pair accused in severe beating of 2-month-old child

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PITTSFIELD — A Hinsdale woman and a Pittsfield man are facing charges for allegedly beating a two-month-old child, who suffered potentially life-threatening injuries.

Tonia L. O'Brien and Bryce Ciepiela, both 18, are being held on $25,000 bail each in connection with the case.

Records in the case are sealed, but some details emerged during O'Brien's arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday.

Emergency medical responders were dispatched on Dec. 31 for a report of a child having difficulty breathing, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Rachael Eramo.

The child had extensive bruising of the face and body and was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, she said. The child was transported to another hospital and remains in intensive care after undergoing surgery.

Eramo said the child suffered a subdural hematoma and severe head trauma and investigators determined the injuries were non-accidental.

She said O'Brien gave inconstant statements to investigators regarding how the child received the injuries.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery on a child with substantial injury and reckless endangerment of a child.

O'Brien is due back in court on Feb. 5 for a pre-trial hearing. Ciepiela's next hearing date is Feb. 4.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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