Acting AG Henry Announces Guilty Verdict in Bedford County Shaken Baby Case
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–Friday, February 3, 2023
HARRISBURG – Acting Attorney General Michelle Henry today announced that Jensun Claycomb of Bedford County was found guilty on charges related to the near death of his then six-month-old baby in September 2020.
“Investigation by law enforcement determined that this child suffered severe injury at the hands of her own father,” said Acting AG Henry. “Physically hurting an innocent child is a particularly cruel and unconscionable crime that can have life-long consequences. I am grateful for the hard work of the investigators and prosecutors in our office for holding this man accountable for his actions. We will continue to prosecute child abusers and seek justice for those who are most vulnerable throughout Pennsylvania.”
An investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police revealed that on September 1, 2020, first responders were called to Claycomb’s home where they found the six-month-old without a pulse. Claycomb had violently shaken her causing her to go into cardiac and respiratory arrest. The first responders were able to revive the baby who proceeded to spend five days in the Intensive Care Unit. The child later endured brain surgery to relieve pressure that had built up in her head as a result of the assault. CT scans demonstrated that the baby had been shaken multiple times prior to the September 2020 incident.
Claycomb was found guilty of Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Endangering Welfare of Children, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. His bond was revoked and he will be sentenced on March 24, 2023.
This case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Katherine Wymard.