The death of an 8-week-old Queens boy who cops say was violently shaken by his father four months ago has been declared a homicide, police said Saturday.
Little Mason Sanchez was found unconscious inside his parents’ apartment on 88th St. near Jamaica Ave. in Jamaica on Aug. 16.
Medics rushed the infant to Jamaica Hospital, then transported him to Cohen Children’s Medical Center for further care, but Mason could not be saved and died of his injuries three days later.
An autopsy later revealed that Mason died from shaken baby syndrome, sources with knowledge of the case said.
On Aug. 21, cops arrested the tot’s father, 28-year-old Luis Sanchez, and charged him with manslaughter and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17 years old. Sanchez was caring for Mason when the child fell unconscious, police said.
Sanchez remains held on $150,000 cash bail and is due back in court on Jan. 24, public records show.
Queens prosecutors will determine if the charges against him will be upgraded now that the baby’s death has been declared a homicide, officials said.
This article was originally published by NYDailyNews.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.