Pennsylvania father arrested for assaulting 10-month-old daughter

PENNSYLVANIA: Twenty-nine-year-old Pennsylvania father, Austin Stevens has been arrested by police for sexually assaulting his ten-month-old daughter over the weekend.

A most disturbing and evil incident has emerged where a Pennsylvania father, a young football coach assaulted his own little daughter, police said the child suffered blunt force trauma to the head and later died in the hospital due to the injuries.

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 Officials in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, have arrested Austin Stevens the accused father on the charges related to the tragic death of 10-month-old Zara Scruggs.

911 Call

The police officials were dispatched to a home in the 3400 block of Germantown Road, in Lower Providence Township on Saturday at about 10:40 pm. They found an unresponsive infant and her father upon arrival.

Zara Scruggs died after midnight due to the injuries she sustained at the Einstein Medical Center Montgomery.

Austin Stevens Phone Revealed

Austin Stevens Phone Revealed that prior making 911 call he made multiple searches on google for almost an hour. The authorities have revealed his searches were related to “If baby stop breathing”, “What if you don’t hear baby heart or beat”, “My baby isn’t breathing”, and “How do I know if a baby is dead.”

The investigators also said he also conducted social media and text conversation with two women which were not related to baby’s condition.

 Autopsy Report

The autopsy report confirmed that the 10-month-old Zara suffered sexual assault and suffered blunt force trauma to her head. The authorities said the infant’s death is deeply disturbing and traumatic. She was subject to sexual assault followed by inaction to save her life which led to her death.

About Austin Steven

Social Media friends of Austin Steven suggest he is a co-owner of Black Diamond Construction.

According to investigators, he was an assistant coach for the Lower Providence Warriors football team.

Zara’s grand Parents

Austin Steven is Charged With

The Pennsylvania father, Stevens is being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 13. He on Tuesday was charged with:

  • Aggravated sexual assault.
  • Rape of a child
  • Involuntary deviant sexual intercourse.
  • Endangering the welfare of a child and
  • Other criminal counts in the death of his little daughter.

Search of Apartment

The authorities found a diaper the infant was wearing during the horrific incident. The press release from the DA’s office revealed the diaper was saturated with blood.

Daily Mail reports that the autopsy determined that the baby girl who had just learned to walk sustained anal rectal trauma and blunt force trauma to the head.

Austin Stevens

Last People to see Zara Alive 

Stevens, the Pennsylvania father had a joint custody agreement with the baby’s mother. The authorities stated Zara’s maternal grandparents were the last to see her alive. They had placed her in her father’s car for an overnight visit to his apartment.


Zara’s relative has launched GoFundMe page in support of the grieving mother. The fundraiser has gathered more than $35,000 so far.

Erica Scruggs, the baby’s mother, took to Facebook on Tuesday, writing: ‘I’m not okay. I really have no words … He will pay.’ 

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