JANUARY 27, 2016

CONTACT: Chief Kevin M. Kraus, 412-350-4714

Actor Charged for Abuse of Eight Week-Old Child

PITTSBURGH, PA - Thomas Baumann, 37, of Swissvale Borough, was apprehended by deputy sheriffs this morning in the Elliott neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  One of Allegheny County’s Most Wanted Fugitives, Bauman was sought on a bench warrant issued January 11, 2016 for violating his probation on aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person charges.

On July 15, 2011, the Child Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC filed a report of suspected child abuse with the Allegheny County Police after administering treatment to an eight-week-old patient.  The baby had been taken to the emergency room during the early morning hours of July 12 by his mother, who noticed her child was distressed and inconsolably crying after picking him up from his father’s apartment the prior evening.  The baby sustained multiple fractures to both of his legs, a broken collarbone and hemorrhages to both of his eyes, injuries characteristic of inflicted trauma or child physical abuse.  Following investigation, Bauman was indicted for assaulting the infant.

The Sheriff’s Office recently received intelligence Bauman was known to visit a house situated along Steuben Street in Elliott.  They went to the residence this morning, but did not locate the suspect at the given address.  They received a telephone call shortly thereafter, during which the caller told investigators Bauman was currently at 1007 Elbon Street, also in Elliott Borough.  Deputies immediately reported to the location, where they found Bauman and took him into custody without incident.  He was subsequently transported to the Allegheny County Jail.

This is the second time Bauman was on the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted list.  He was sought, and recovered, by authorities last year for violating his probation.