A 27-year-old mother, Emilee Decker, was arrested last week for aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of her three-month old infant. According to State Trooper Sharon Palmer, the incident took place on September 9, and the infant suffered injuries consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Hospital staff identified multiple life-threatening injuries including brain trauma, fractured skull, retinal hemorrhages and multiple broken bones. The staff deemed the fractures “acute,” meaning they had been inflicted very shortly before arriving at the hospital.
Police questioned Decker, who did not acknowledge any of the infant’s bruising. However, police later recovered a deleted photo from her cell phone which showed a “large and obvious discoloration of the baby’s head.” Doctors said that the bruise was likely the impact site of a “high velocity strike.” There was also a video on Decker’s phone of the child in an “altered mental status, which medical personnel [said] is consistent with the immediate results of a shaken baby exhibiting concussive symptoms.”
Police said that Decker was alone with the baby immediately prior to the symptoms appearing.
Magistrate Judge Linus Myers arraigned Decker; she was remanded to the Wayne County Prison with bail set a $50,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 3 at 10 a.m. at the Wayne County Courthouse.
This article was originally published by Riverreporter.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.