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Published on May 29, 2024
Bristol Borough Father Pleads Guilty to Third-Degree Murder of Infant SonSource: Buck's County District Attorney's Office

A Bristol Borough man, Tyler Sullivan, 30, admitted in court to the fatal shaking of his infant son, leading to the baby's demise. In a heart-wrenching turn of events recounted before Common Pleas Judge Gary B. Gilman this Wednesday, Sullivan pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child. According to Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, his sentencing is set for the somber date of August 27.

The chilling details of the case emerged when Bristol Borough Police were called to Sullivan’s residence at 1038 Radcliffe Street late one evening. They discovered the 4-month-old in cardiac arrest, not breathing and inexplicably cold upon their arrival on the night of May 24, 2023. Although CPR was administered by the officers, the baby was pronounced dead shortly after midnight at Lower Bucks Hospital.

Medical examination revealed that the young boy had suffered from multiple injuries, including signs consistent with those of a child who had been brutally beaten. “The baby suffered several injuries, including contusions, bruising and abrasions throughout his body,” detailed an attending doctor, confirming that the child was no longer alive when he arrived at the hospital.

Further investigations concluded that Sullivan violently shook his son on multiple occasions leading up to the devastating discovery. Speaking to the tragedy, Detectives disclosed that the abuse occurred on at least two noted instances on May 24, and at least six additional times in the preceding six weeks. The case was brought to light by the collaborative work of the Bristol Borough Police Department and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, with prosecution led by Chief Deputy District Attorney Matthew Lannetti and Assistant District Attorney David O’Beirne.