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Bristol Father to Stand Trial for Beating Killing 4-Month Old Son



A Bristol Borough father waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning and will head to trial accused of beating and shaking his four month infant son to death.

Tyler Sullivan 30 appeared in Bristol Borough District Court and waived his right to the hearing on charges of homicide, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child and now heads to trial in Doylestown,

Borough Police alleged in court records Sullivan had shaken “Baby T.S” so violently it caused his death

According to the criminal complaint, police said, was not breathing, cold to the touch and the infant’s skin was blue with visible contusions to his forehead, neck and thigh.

A doctor pronounced the infant dead minutes after midnight May 25 and noted in medical records his injuries were indicative of a “battered child.”

Sullivan, according to the criminal complaint, admitted to “violently shaken” his four- month old son Wednesday.

Sullivan told police the bruising on his sons body came from bumping into  a rocking chair. The infant boy’s mother said she had seen bruising that didn’t align with  the version of events he told her.

Hours later a friend of “Baby T’s” Mother launched a Go Fund Me campaign to offset anticipated costs the family expected to face. In as little as three days more than $1000 was raised with 170 donations coming in.

The little boy’s death galvanized Bristolians the following night an candlelight vigil was held at St. Marks on Radcliffe Street organized by Stephanie Scancella. About 60 residents and first responders filled Radcliffe Street in support of Baby T.S.

Credit: Lower Bucks Source

I just can’t imagine what the family is going through, holding a lit candle in hand.  We want the family to know we’re here for them and if they need anything just ask. she said.

Scancella had her own brush with family tragedy when a juvenile operating a vehicle slammed into a minivan with family members in it. 

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA1) attended the vigil too/

I just wanted to show my support for the family in the most tragic of moments, he said, seeing the community come together like this in support is a beautiful thing.

The little boy’s mother was not charged but told investigator she had seen bruising that didn’t align with  the version of events he told her. At that time Borough Police said the investigation was still open and active but would not confirm or deny they were looking at her as a suspect.

Sullivan’s next court appearance is August 25 in Doylestown at the Court of Common Pleas for his formal arraignment.

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State Grant Presented to Bristol Area Fire Companies by Santarsiero, Davis




State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Tina Davis (D-141) visited four Bristol fire companies Thursday to announce state grant awards to support public safety and the work of the fire companies.

The four awards are as follows:

“Our local volunteer fire companies, the firefighters, administrators, and support personnel, sacrifice so much to protect us all,” said Rep. Davis. “This state funding will help them obtain the equipment that they need to do their job a little more safely and effectively. Thank you to these amazing individuals for their selfless dedication to keeping our community safe.”

“Our volunteer firefighters do tremendous work, putting the community first to keep us safe,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “I was happy to support these funds for equipment upgrades at four companies that serve Bristol Borough and Bristol Township, ensuring these brave men and women have the necessary resources to continue to serve the community.  It is critical we continue to support our fire companies and volunteer firefighters who work tirelessly on the front line to protect us.”

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Street Sweeper Operations Suspended for Sections of Bristol Borough



Bristol Borough officials announced late Wednesday that due to paving operations in the west ward, street sweeping would cease for one week and restart operations the week of July 24 on those streets.

“Due to paving, the street sweeper will not be sweeping these streets on Thursday and Friday, July 18th and 19th of this week:  Mifflin St., Linden St., Locust St., Maple St. and Green St.  The regular schedule will resume next week,” said a press release from the Bristol Borough Police Department.


Paving work being performed in Bristol Borough Wednesday
Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

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Fishing with a Cop Reels in September Date



The Bristol Borough Police Benevolent Association (BBPBA) announced details for this years “Fishing with a Cop” scheduled for next month at the Delaware Canal Lagoon on Jefferson Avenue.

PBA President, and “acting’ Sergeant Chuck Palmer went before Council last week to receive their support for the event, which he received enthusiastically.

September 7  from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Palmer said, is the date of the event and a rain date (Sept 8) has been added this year because of rain at last year’s event.

“We’ve gotten a lot of donations this year from locals, out of towners and businesses this year,” Palmer said.

Applications are available now at the Bristol Borough Police Department, 250 Pond Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with a deadline of August 24 to apply. 

Face painting, a D.J., and the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office Dept with its K-9 unit will be on hand.

Fishing gear for children is free and this is a 12 and under event for kids living in Bristol Borough.

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