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Posted on: September 21, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Trial Opens for Father Charged in Beatings of Infant Son

Kory R. Merkey

Trial is expected to open today in Lancaster County Court regarding a series of beatings last year of a local infant.

Kory R. Merkey, the young boy’s father, will stand trial this week on multiple counts of aggravated assault of a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

Merkey, 26, is charged with beating the infant, age 4 months at the time, over a three-week period beginning in January 2014 in Elizabethtown.

Testimony is expected to start at some point Monday in the jury trial, with Judge Joseph Madenspacher presiding.

The boy sustained fractures to his skull, leg and ribs.

Merkey, who has been free on bail since charges were filed, is prohibited from having contact with the boy, who is under his mother’s care.

Merkey, a former corrections officer at Lancaster County Prison, is charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors.

Lancaster County Assistant District Attorney Todd Kriner is prosecuting the case.

Merkey was fired from his position at the prison in February 2014; he worked there for about a year.

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