Child Shaken As Baby Dies At Age 11

A Chambersburg man who served jail time a decade ago for violently shaking his infant son is now charged with criminal homicide following the child’s recent death. 

Jose Tejada-Espinal, 36, was arraigned late Tuesday morning by Magisterial District Judge Glenn Manns and was denied bail, court records show.

The boy, aged 11, was pronounced dead on Dec. 30 at Chambersburg Hospital, Pennsylvania State Police wrote in court documents. Tejada-Espinal and his wife had taken the child to the hospital after finding him unresponsive in bed. 

Franklin County Coroner Jeff Conner told police he believed the death was the result of an assault the child endured as an infant at the hands of his father. An autopsy the next day showed the boy’s injuries from that time caused his death, and Conner ruled the cause of death as criminal homicide, according to court records. 

Tejada-Espinal pleaded guilty in December 2008 to child endangerment and served about six months in jail, court records show. He was subsequently on probation through August 2011. 

He had originally been charged with aggravated assault. He told police at the time he had become frustrated with the child’s prolonged crying and violently shook him on the afternoon of April 8, 2008, according to a Public Opinion story from that time. The baby became unresponsive and was taken to Chambersburg Hospital, where doctors determined he was suffering from severe trauma to the head or brain and had him transferred to Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. 

The police report on that incident said Tejada-Espinal had demonstrated the “rapid and forceful” movements he made to shake the baby multiple times, according to the recent court documents. He had told police he “didn’t know what he was thinking at the moment or why he did such a thing.”

In an interview following the child’s death, Tejada-Espinal told police his son’s deformities and disabilities were a result of him shaking the child as an infant. 

Tejada-Espinal’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. June 18 in Franklin County Central Court. 

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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.

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