Second Person Arrested In Shaken Baby Case

Another person was arrested in connection to the case of a shaken 11-week-old baby.

According to a release, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department also arrested Allyson Faye Herron for Accessory after the Fact, giving False Information to Medical Personnel, and Child Abuse resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. 

Michael Burgess is also facing additional charges. He is now charged with Malicious Assault and giving False Information to Medical Personnel. 

UPDATE: Jan. 23, 6:00 p.m.

A Beckley man is arrested after allegedly shaking a baby.

Raleigh County Deputies arrested Michael Burgess for child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. Court documents state over the weekend, Burgess and another family member took the baby to a hospital in Raleigh County – that’s when deputies were called.

Lt. McCray with the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department said, “We were dispatched to Raleigh General Hospital concerning a child that had come in and had been having seizures, there was some suspision there that the child had been physically abused, so the hospital called the sheriff’s department.”

Doctors said the child was suffering from a head injury, broken ribs and a broken leg. The baby was taken to CAMC and placed on a ventilator.

Medical professionals confirmed the child’s injuries were caused by trauma. A witness told investigators they saw Burgess violently shake the baby.
 
Local pediatrician, Dr. John Fernald said, “With shaken baby syndrome, the trouble is for infants and young children, they have disproportionately large heads so their heads are a lot larger compared to the rest of the body than for older children or adults, and they have weak neck muscles… So when you shake a baby the head goes back and forth and — inside the head — the brain goes back and forth and so you end up with damage to the brain inside the head.”

Burgess allegedly admitted to slamming the child on the floor because he was aggravated.

Fernald said shaking a baby can cause serious long term issues. 

“Unfortunately shaken baby is a very poor prognosis,” Fernald said. “Very often they can end up with cerebral palsy, they can end up with seizures, they can end up with intellectual disabilities, paralysis and babies die from it.”

The baby has undergone surgery at CAMC and is still in critical condition. Burgess remains in jail on bond.

ORIGINAL: Jan. 23, 2019 1:17 p.m.

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A Beckley man is charged with child abuse with injury after he reportedly admitted to hurting an 11-week-old baby because he was ‘aggravated.” 

Raleigh County Deputies arrested Michael Chase Burgess. Court documents state on Saturday, January 19, 2019, Burgess and another family member took the baby to a local hospital because the child was having seizures. 

Doctors said the child was suffering from a head injury, broken ribs and a broken leg. The baby was taken to CAMC and placed on a ventilator. Medical professionals confirmed the child’s injuries were caused from trauma. 

A witness told investigators they saw Burgess violently shake the baby before it started having seizures. Burgess allegedly admitted to slamming the child on the floor because he became aggravated. 

No word on the baby’s condition at this time. Burgess is in jail on a $250,000 bond. 

This article was originally published by WVNSTV.com.

Scott Juceam is one of the leading advocates against Shaken Baby Syndrome. Scott’s life changed when his daughter Hannah was shaken to death by her nanny in 2006. Since then, Scott has dedicated his life to preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and child abuse.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

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