Deputies: Man lies about infant being raped, gets arrested for burning her with pipe

Deputies said 27-year-old Jeremy Austin called them to report that his three-week-old daughter had been raped by a male friend who was visiting his home in Lyons. (Photo: Wayne County Sheriff's Office)

NEWARK, N.Y. (WHAM) - Wayne County Sheriff's deputies said a Newark man was arrested after he lied about his baby being raped by a friend, then burned her with a marijuana pipe.

Deputies said Jeremy Austin, 27, called them to report that his three-week-old daughter had been raped by a male friend who was visiting his home in Lyons. According to deputies, Austin wrote in a statement to police that he saw this happen to his child.

At some point later, Austin recanted his statement, telling deputies that he made up the allegations because "he was mad" at his friend.

“I did notice that he wasn’t always honest," said Rebecca Austin, Austin's wife and mother of his daughter. "But I never thought that he would hurt his daughter or lie about someone else allegedly hurting her.”

Investigators looked into Austin's allegations further and determined the infant had been brought into a doctor's office on August 10 with an injury and a red mark on her right arm.

“I didn’t know how it got there and he told me, at first, he didn’t know how it got there either," said his wife.

Then, Austin eventually admitted to investigators that he accidentally burned his daughter on her arm with a marijuana pipe, according to deputies.

“I was very angry," his wife said. “I don’t know if he was high when he did these things or he just allowed people to do it.”

Austin was arrested and arraigned on charges of third-degree falsely reporting an incident, making a punishable false written statement, third-degree assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was remanded to the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $200 cash bail or $400 insurance bond.

“[I'm] relieved that he can’t hurt our daughter," said Rebecca Austin.

A stay away order of protection was issued for the child.

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