On October 20, 2018, the six-month-old was hospitalized in critical condition in a pediatric intensive care unit. The child was pronounced deceased the next day.
Police say the child had symptoms of a shaken baby syndrome, also known as abusive head trauma, which occurs when a child has been violently enough to cause injury to the brain.
According to a release from New Haven Police, “Following a number of interviews, search warrants, and related forensic tests, NHPD Special Victims Unit (SVU) Detective Leonardo Soto obtained an arrest warrant for Ratchford on February 27, 2020.”
Rashaad Ratchford turned himself in at the New Haven Police Department on Wednesday, March 4th and faces charges of 1st-Degree Manslaughter and Risk of Injury to a Child.
In the release, Assistant Chief of Investigations Karl Jacobson was quoted as saying, “Detective Soto and other members of the Special Victims Unit used their diligence and fought for justice for the child who no longer had a voice in the matter. I commend Detective Soto and ALL the members of SVU for their tireless search for justice.”
Ratchford’s pleaded Not Guilty at an arraignment last week, where his bond was set $150,000. He is due in court again on March 31st.
This article was originally published by Fox61.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.