Concord man indicted in extreme child abuse case involving infant
A 26-year-old Concord man accused of gravely injuring his girlfriend’s infant daughter and then for hours failing to tell anyone has been indicted by a Merrimack County grand jury.
Scott Diberto of 23 Ormond St. faces 14 felony counts of first- and second-degree assault in the Jan. 26 incident, which left the then-14-month-old child with severe brain damage, according to officials. Diberto was supposedly baby-sitting the infant at the time.
The assault charges are subject to enhanced punishment because of a statute against acts of “exceptional cruelty.”
Diberto has also been indicted on five misdemeanor counts, two for child endangerment and three for simple assault. According to a police affidavit, he left the child home alone for a time to purchase beer from a local store.