A 3-month-old infant was on life support after he was found unconscious in his mom’s NYCHA apartment on the Lower East Side, the suspected victim of shaken baby syndrome, police sources said Tuesday.
The 30-year-old boyfriend of the infant’s mom was baby-sitting the boy Monday. When the mother returned to her apartment in the Vladeck Houses on Water St. about 8:15 p.m., she found the infant unconscious and called 911.
Medics rushed the baby to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell, where he was listed in critical condition. Investigators suspect he suffered shaken baby syndrome, sources said.
The boyfriend was in custody and was still being questioned Tuesday night, sources said.
“A lot of police and EMTs ran into the apartment,” building tenant Luis Ortiz, 22, told the Daily News.
“A female EMT came out with the baby in her arms. It was a little tiny baby. It didn’t look like it was moving. They put oxygen on it to bring it back. Then the guy ran out with them to the hospital.”
A female tenant who did not want to give her name described the family as having moved into the building “with all their stuff in trash bags from a shelter.”
“All kinds of people were in and out of the apartment,” she said, alleging there was drug dealing and marijuana smoking in the hallway. She also charged she heard “screaming of the children from the beatings.”
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A email requesting comment from the Administration from Children’s Services was not immediately returned Tuesday night.
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.