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Twins' crying leads Felix Aponte to try to smother them, police say

Published On: Jul 08 2013 02:01:53 PM EDT
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Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


When his twin babies wouldn't stop crying, a man apparently tried to smother them, police said.

According to court documents, police were called to the 900 block of Hamilton Street in Allentown for a report of a domestic incident on Friday around 1:40 a.m.

When police arrived, a woman was walking out of the room with one-year-old twins in her arms, and the children were gasping for air and coughing, police said.

The woman told police that 32-year-old Felix Aponte, of New York City, got upset because the children were crying, and he told her to "shut them up or else he would beat them up," according to court papers.

Police said Aponte punched and choked his wife and another woman, and threw one of the babies across the room, and covered their mouths and noses so they could not breathe.

While police were trying to take Aponte into custody, he spit blood on the officers, punched them and tried to twist the fingers of one officer who was trying to cuff him, police said.

Aponte is facing a long list of charges, including aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment, resisting arrest and other charges.

Aponte was taken to the Lehigh County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.