JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Bail has been raised to $500,000 for the New Jersey man accused of beating his ex-girlfriend and pushing her out of a third-floor window with their infant son in her arms.
A judge approved the increase Wednesday as Frederico Bruno, 19, was arraigned on attempted murder charges.
Those counts stem from the alleged attack on his ex-girlfriend and another woman, who were repeatedly stabbed during the attack early Friday in Jersey City. However, Bruno is expected to face upgraded charges following the death of his 3-month-old son, Damien, on Tuesday afternoon.
The Jersey Journal reported that Bruno blurted out “it’s a lie” as the judge read the complaint against him. But Bruno’s public defender quickly cut him off and advised him to remain silent.
The child’s mother remained hospitalized Wednesday night in a medically induced coma. The other woman stabbed in the attacked was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries, but has since been released.
Authorities have said Bruno let himself into the woman’s Jersey City apartment and attacked her and the other woman when they got home. They said he repeatedly stabbed both women and then pushed his ex-girlfriend into an air conditioner, causing her and the infant to go through a window and fall three stories.
The woman landed on top of the child.
Bruno then climbed down the apartment’s fire escape, authorities said, and started beating the woman again, this time using a table he found in the backyard. He later was found hiding in a refrigerator in a vacant apartment in Belleville, about a 45-minute drive away, and was arrested.
Bruno currently faces 17 counts, including attempted murder and child abuse, in the assault on the boy and his mother.
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