A Pensacola man admitted to law enforcement that he shook a baby for eight to 10 seconds inducing shaken baby syndrome — causing brain hemorrhages, leading to seizures and necessitating the boy’s intubation.
Joe Gesse, 24, was arrested Tuesday morning, charged with aggravated child abuse and booked into the Escambia County Jail without a chance for bond.
Gesse admitted to Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators to shaking a baby left in his care by the boy’s mother when she went to work, according to his arrest report.
The child’s mother went to work from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 6, she told investigators. Before she left, her boy was “a little fussy” but not acting unusual, and she asked Gesse to look after her son while she was gone.
When she returned from work, the mother noticed the baby was not at all his normally-playful self but was fussy the whole night and did not sleep between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
She called her own mother for advice, who suggested that the boy was probably experiencing pain caused by teething and recommended putting a small amount of Orajel on his gums. However, “the baby continued to not act right,” the report stated.
Her son’s pediatrician told her to take her baby to the emergency room, and a CT scan revealed hemorrhaging in the baby’s brain that medical experts believe was caused by trauma.
A doctor at Sacred Heart Hospital informed the mother that because her baby was “consistently having seizures,” he would have to be put into a medically induced coma and placed on a ventilator.
A physician later explained to ECSO investigators that the baby’s injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome as if someone had shook “him causing his brain to repeatedly hit the inside of his skull, which can cause sever brain damage or death,” the report stated.
Gesee later admitted to shaking the baby for 8 to ten seconds when the boy had been left in his care.
The child was weaned out of the medically-induced coma over the span of a few days and appeared to have moderate brain activity. At the time Gesse’s arrest report was written, it was “unknown what long-term disabilities” the baby would have from his injuries.
County records indicated that Geese remained in custody Tuesday afternoon.
This article was originally published by PNJ.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.