Sunday, 28 March 2021 10:43

Coroner rules death of Barrett Twp. infant a homicide

Brian Myszkowski
Pocono Record

The death of a two-month-old girl in Barrett Township has been ruled a homicide, the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney announced Friday.

According to a release from the District Attorney’s Office, Monroe County Coroner Thomas Yanac Jr. issued a Certificate of Death for Ryann Bacchus, a female infant born on Jan. 12, 2021. Bacchus’s death was attributed to blunt force trauma to the head inflicted on or about March 19, 2021, which resulted in multiple skull fractures. The manner of her death has been ruled a homicide.

Three individuals – the child’s mother, Amanda Green, 29, of New Castle, Delaware, Tony Kristiansen, 29, of Canadensis, and the child’s father, Lamont Bacchus, 31, also of New Castle – were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal conspiracy, both third-degree felonies, in relation to the child’s death on March 19.

Homicide charges have not yet been filed against anyone as of March 26.

According to Pocono Mountain Regional Police, officers arrived at the scene of Kristiansen's Route 447 apartment on the afternoon of March 19 to find the deceased two-month-old infant. Green and Kristiansen, who contacted 911, claimed they did not know how the child had died, and that the child’s father had left the scene before they found her body.

An investigation showed that there was at least an hour and a half delay in calling for medical assistance for the infant, and that Kristiansen had delivered 10 bags of heroin to Green and Bacchus.

Bacchus was later located, and search warrants were issued for the three adults and the apartment.

According to a police report, the investigation revealed that Bacchus had physically assaulted Green earlier in the morning or the night before, leading to charges of simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor. Bacchus was found to be in possession of three bags of heroin when he was taken into custody, and will also be charged with possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Prior to contacting police, the apartment had been cleaned up, and drugs had been removed. As such, Kristiansen will also be charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, both ungraded misdemeanors, and tapering with evidence a second-degree misdemeanor.

Green also has additional warrants for her arrest issued by the Stroud Area Regional Police and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that she will be held on.

Detectives of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department, members of the Pennsylvania State Police, and the District Attorney’s Office are actively working on the case, and the investigation into the circumstances of the child’s death continues.


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