Jessica OrbonJul 11, 2017, 3:42 pmJul 11, 2017, 4:45 pm

Man accused of beating twins faces judge

A Superior Court judge ruled that 23-year-old Terrance Pernell will stay in jail until his trial, citing an elevated risk of violence


23-year-old Terrance Pernell entered and left the courtroom in handcuffs today after the state's motion to keep him in jail until his trial was granted.

Pernell was arrested last week on aggravated assault and child endangerment charges after he was accused of brutally beating his girlfriend's 14-month-old twins in May.

Pernell’s alleged beating broke bones and left the children with severe head trauma and kidney damage while their mother was out at a hair salon.

He was arrested after the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office conducted a 2-month investigation of the May 15th incident.

The twin toddlers have both since been released after one needed to be airlifted to a specialized hospital due to the severity of his injuries.

During Pernell’s last court appearance, the state made a motion to keep him in jail until his trial, and today Jersey City Superior Court Judge Mark Nelson granted that motion, saying Pernell caused life-threatening injuries to the infants, putting him at an elevated risk of violence.

"The PSA does not recommend release and finally these are serious, life-threatening injuries to two 14-month-olds and the state has met its burden and the defendant will be detained," said Judge Nelson.

During the hearing, prosecutors cited interviews with detectives where he described himself as a 'rough dude' and told them he was 'not gentle' with the twin boys.


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