Pensacola Man Admits To Shaking Baby

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.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Milwaukee Man Charged With Homicide Death Of Son

A 22-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged in connection to the death of his 3-month-old son.

Davionte Allen is charged with one count of first-degree reckless homicide and one count of neglecting a child, consequence is death.

According to a criminal complaint, Allen was left alone with the child for around an hour and a half on Friday, June 12 at a residence near 36th and Sheridan. During that time, the child’s mother had gone to run an errand. Upon her return, the child “appeared to be sleeping” inside a pack-and-play.

Allen recorded the child making “weird grunting noises” while the mother was away. Not knowing what happened while she was gone, the mother continued to let the child sleep.

Approximately two hours later, the complaint states, the mother went to wake the child, but he was limp and unresponsive. She then rushed him to the hospital.

A CT scan at the hospital showed large bleeding on the brain, consistent with traumatic impact from shaken baby syndrome. The child was intubated and transferred to the Children’s Wisconsin intensive care unit.

There, the child was found to have hemorrhages “too numerous to count” extended into all layers of the retina. The child also had brain hemorrhage and herniation and damage to the brainstem. The complaint states that the child also had multiple, healing rib fractures.

A brain death evaluation was made by the hospital’s neurology department, revealing a complete loss of brain function. The child was taken off life support and died on June 14.

The complaint states that the child’s injuries were ruled by a doctor as “immediately symptomatic.”

In an interview, Allen told police that the child was colic and would not stop crying and would not go to sleep while the mother was out. Allen said he rocked, bounced and burped the child before laying him down for a nap — and denied harming the child in any way.

After being arrested and questioned by Milwaukee police detectives, Allen admitted to picking the child up with force and jerking his body without supporting his head. The child then began breathing irregularly, and Allen said he took a video to show to the mother.

In the video, the complaint states, Allen is heard saying “you okay, (son)…oh no.”

An autopsy confirmed the child’s cause of death as blunt force trauma and ruled the manner of death a homicide.

This article was originally posted by Fox6now.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

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Choctaw County Father Charged With Death Of Three-Month Old Baby

Today, the Choctaw County District Attorney’s Office charged 25-year-old Sean Gasway with Murder in the First Degree related to the death of his baby.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), with assistance from the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office, Hugo Police Department and Sawyer Police Department helped make the arrest.

The investigation began on April 10, 2020, when the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call about an unresponsive three-month-old child.

The baby was transported to Choctaw County Memorial Hospital, and then transferred to Saint Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.

Officials say it was determined that the victim had sustained a life-threatening brain injury.

The Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office contacted the OSBI and requested Investigative assistance with the case.

Officers say during the course of the investigation, it was determined that the baby’s injury was the result of Shaken Baby Syndrome and that the baby was in the care of his biological father, Gasway, at the time the injury occurred.

On April 15, 2020, the baby died at Saint Francis Children’s Hospital as a result of his injuries.

Gasway has been in custody since April 10 when he was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant and booked into the Choctaw County Jail. He remains in custody.

This article was originally published by OKCFox.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.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Las Vegas Man Accused Of Injuring An Infant Twice

A North Las Vegas man is accused of seriously injuring an infant in his care for the second time in five years, according to North Las Vegas police.

Jason K. Broome, 26, was arrested this week by North Las Vegas police on two felony charges of child abuse-neglect. An arrest report for Broome says police were called to an area hospital on Feb. 25 for a report of an injured 4-month-old boy. Medical inspection showed Broome’s son “had hemorrhaging in both eyes, which was consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome,” a police investigator wrote in the report.

The infant was diagnosed with two frontal lobe brain bleeds, police said.

Broome and the child’s mother told police the baby fell on the ground while being given a bath.

“Since the parents’ story didn’t make any sense and was suspicious, the ER staff decided to call police and Child Protective Services,” police wrote.

Mother mentioned prior event

Further investigation showed the mother of the child told police she did not trust Broome in caring for the baby because of a prior incident in which Broome was babysitting the child in November. When she came home in November, she noticed the baby had two bruises on his temples. That day, Broome had texted the woman about the child, saying the baby is “more pissed because I’m not playing his game.”

“Jason then wrote about going to the store and getting Mike’s Hard Lemonade,” an arrest report states. “After, he stated, ‘Fine then. Be that way. I put lemonade in his bottle’ with a smiling face emoji.”

Broome was asked about the apparent bruises on the baby’s temples.

“Jason advised that he held (the baby) by his temples to hold up as he gave him a bath,” police wrote. “As a result, (the baby) had a bruise on his temple from behind held by him.”

An arrest report states Broome told police he was previously stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and that he’d been arrested there on a child neglect charge in 2014. Police said in that North Carolina incident, Broome’s then 3-month-old daughter suffered “the same injuries” as Broome’s son in North Las Vegas.

“Jason then said that the charges did not stick and he was released,” police wrote about the North Carolina case. “Jason’s daughter was removed from the home and he lost all parental rights to her.”

Police allege the similarities in the cases demonstrate “recurrent acts of abuse towards his biological children.”

There is a discrepancy in the report about when the child in North Las Vegas was injured. Police said they were called to the hospital in February to investigate the baby’s injuries, but later in the arrest report police said Broome told them of caring for the infant in March, and Justice Court records indicate the date of the alleged offense was March 18.

Broome was being held at the Clark County Detention Center as of Friday morning. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April.

This article was originally published by ReviewJournal.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.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Lost Dog And Boy With Shaken Baby Syndrome Have An Amazing Reunion

The companionship between Kenneth Marret and his 15-year-old dog Baxter is a special one.

A boy and his best friend were reunited this week after a potential tragedy turned into a miracle.

The companionship between Kenneth Marret and his 15-year-old dog Baxter is a special one. At two months old, Kenneth’s birth father shook him so hard it left him partially blind and with only 40% of his brain functioning properly.

“Kenneth was really not expected to walk, talk, eat, pretty much a vegetable is what they told us,” Steve Marrett, Kenneth’s adoptive father, said.

Kenneth’s birth father was convicted and went to prison. When Kenneth was three months old, Steve Marret and his wife Marcia started fostering him.

“A lot of attention, a lot of therapy, he started developing and improving,” Marret said. After two years, they decided to adopt him.

“We fell in love with him, we cared for him, we’ve been through so much together,” he said.

Kenneth immediately bonded with Baxter, the Marret’s cairn terrier.

“From the beginning, once we brought Kenneth home, Baxter has this sense of ‘I’m going to protect this little guy.’”

The dog became one of Kenneth’s motivators to use his legs.

“Baxter would run away from him and Kenneth would initially crawl and when he started walking, he would chase him around the house,” Marret said.

The pair were inseparable until February 24th, 2020. Marcia had let Baxter outside to use the bathroom.

“I’m getting worried because he’s always back, he never came back that night,” she said.

Neighbors started searching the woods as 5-year-old Kenneth hunted through the house.

“He’d go to different rooms, he would wander around, you could tell he was looking for him.”

After days and weeks went by, the Marret family started to lose faith.

“I was started to accept the fact that we would never see him again,” Marret said.

Eighteen days later, Marcia got a call.

“Marcia’s talking to a friend saying, ‘There’s a dog that looks like Baxter that’s been found, they need to get a hold of you,” Marret said.

Tim and Angela Vaal were fishing at Lake Patoka when they saw Baxter stuck in the mud near a shoreline. It was over a mile from the Marret home. 

Baxter was covered in ticks and had lost seven pounds, but he was alive.

“I’m getting goosebumps now,” Marret said. “It was like this is a miracle. It can’t be and it was.”

It was a reunion to remember between Kenneth and Baxter.

“Kenneth was so excited, and he throws his arms and legs, it was cool. Kenneth was so happy,” Marcia said.

The entire incident served as a reminder of life’s blessings for the Marrets.

“If you don’t believe in miracles, it’s time to start. We do.”

This article was originally published by WHAS11.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.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Toddler’s Cause Of Death Changed: Mom Still Behind Bars

At 44 years old, Tasha Shelby has spent over half of her life in prison. Convicted of capital murder in the 1997 death of her fiance’s toddler son, the prosecution and a medical examiner pointed to shaken baby syndrome.

But that same medical examiner, since retired, has changed the cause of death from homicide to accidental.

Shelby, talking to the Clarion Ledger from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County Tuesday, vows she’ll never stop fighting to prove her innocence.

On Wednesday, her attorneys and the state will make oral arguments before the Mississippi Court of Appeals. 

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office is representing the state in the appeal but declined to comment, citing ongoing litigation. However, in a brief filed with the appeals court, the state argues, among other things, that the changed opinion on the cause of death isn’t new. The state also disputes the toddler’s history of seizures and maintains the child died by blunt force trauma.

Shelby’s conviction was upheld last year by Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Roger T. Clark.

The child’s father, Bryan Thompson III, who once testified on Shelby’s behalf, told the Clarion Ledger Wednesday that the toddler “never had any seizures of any kind.”

‘I made a mistake,’ retired medical examiner says

Dr. LeRoy Riddick, a retired medical examiner for the state of Alabama, performed the autopsy on 2½-year-old Bryan “Little Bryan” Thompson IV. Riddick testified at Shelby’s trial that the injuries weren’t accidental and the toddler died of “blunt force trauma to the head.” Shelby was convicted of capital murder in June 2000 and sentenced to life in prison.

In 2016, however, in a sworn affidavit Riddick wrote that, at the request of Shelby’s legal team, he reviewed the toddler’s medical records “and reexamined my own files pertaining to this case.”

In the affidavit he writes: “If, at the time of the autopsy and trial, I had known about Bryan Thompson IV’s seizures days before his collapse, I would have approached the case differently. Moreover, the forensic evidence supporting ‘The Shaken Baby Syndrome’ and severe brain reactions to minor trauma has changed significantly since 1997. Given this information, it is likely that my conclusions might have been different.”

Last week, Riddick told the Clarion Ledger that the injuries could have been caused by a fall from seizures or from being moved multiple times from the house to the hospital. 

“The major reason that I changed was I made a mistake and the mistake was in terms of the manner of death,” Riddick said. 

A thump in the bedroom

On the night of May 30, 1997, Shelby was in bed in the Biloxi home she shared with Thompson and three young children — his son, Little Bryan, her son, and their newborn.

She had given birth 10 days prior via cesarean section and was supposed to be on light bedrest. Thompson was at work and Shelby told investigators she heard a thump come from Little Bryan’s bedroom. She got out of bed, went in his room, and found the toddler convulsing on the floor.

She called Thompson and when he arrived home, the two rushed the toddler to the emergency room, driving so fast they were pulled over. Police then escorted them to Biloxi Regional Hospital, with an officer jumping into the family’s van and performing CPR on the toddler, Shelby’s attorney, Valena Beety with the West Virginia Innocence Project, said. In 2011, Beety took on Shelby’s case while with the Mississippi Innocence Project.

Within hours, the toddler was transported to the University of South Alabama Hospital in Mobile. He died the next day.

Beety said, typically, doctors look for three symptoms in a shaken baby case: Swelling of the brain, bleeding of the brain and bleeding in the retina.

In this case, she said, authorities believed the toddler had swelling of the brain and bleeding of the brain. But, she argues, the toddler had a history of seizures that, combined with a lack of oxygen, could have caused both.

Riddick agrees, saying so in the affidavit and noting that the toddler “had a seizure disorder and was having multiple seizures in the days before his death.” 

Thompson, who lives on the Mississippi Coast, is adamant that his son “never had no seizures, ever.” He told the Clarion Ledger he believes Shelby killed the toddler and regrets testifying on her behalf. But, he said, he was “trying to keep my family together.” 

“Looking back, it’s psychotic I couldn’t see what happened,” he said. 

After the toddler’s death, Thompson said he tried to kill himself. He was using cocaine and heroin, he said, overdosing 11 times. Each of the 11 times he overdosed on heroin, he was saved by NARCAN. He served time in jail and has since been involved in a drug recovery program. He’s been sober for three years, he said. 

“I relived the whole thing when I got sober,” Thompson said. “I relived it because I never really faced when I was on drugs it but it’s like the whole thing is happening again.”

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‘No indication of real violence’

In speaking with the Clarion Ledger, Riddick said the toddler had external bruises, “but did not have an lacerations or tears.”

“The bruises were not deep in the sense that they did not go down to the muscle or anything else,” he said. “Internally, there were no fractures and there were no tears of any internal organs. So, they were not the injuries that you would think was due to violence.”

The toddler’s injuries “can be accounted for, by one, from falls from a short distance,” he said.

“The minor injuries that he had could all be accounted for by his falling from the bed from having seizures while he was there and by being moved from the house to the hospital, from the hospital to another hospital, and in the hospital,” Riddick said. 

“The minor injury with Bryan can cause the brain to swell. When the brain swells, it compresses vital centers and leads to death.The subdural hemorrhage was a small subdural. The neurosurgeon who reviewed the case said it was a small subdural…minor movement of the head can cause those but this is not the kind of injury that I testified to. A tear takes far more force.”

Because of that, Riddick changed the cause of death from homicide to accidental. The toddler’s death certificate was officially changed in June 2018. 

“It’s not totally innocuous,” he said. “All the bruises could be accounted for…I had no indication of real violence so I changed the manner of death to accident.”

The situation, Beety said, is a “double tragedy.”

“Little Bryan dies and now Tasha is in prison for life,” she said. 

Beety questioned how Shelby could have shaken the toddler in such a way to cause death. 

He was 3 feet tall and weighed approximately 30 pounds, she said. Shelby, who is 4-feet-9-inches and weighed approximately 120 pounds, was recovering from a c-section and a tubal ligation. She’d also had her stitches removed two days prior to the incident. 

In speaking with the Clarion Ledger, Shelby was advised to not talk about the specifics of the case but she maintained her innocence. 

‘I loved being a mama’

Born in Columbus, Shelby and her father moved to Texas when she was 2  years old. He remarried when she was 4 and Shelby eventually became the oldest of seven siblings. She relished the role, she said, and was the “caretaker” of the bunch. 

But then, when she was 14, her father died in a car accident. In an effort to try to reconnect with her biological mother, Shelby moved back to Mississippi. 

She dropped of of high school after 10th grade and later became pregnant with a son, Dakota, at 18. The relationship with Dakota’s father didn’t work out and Shelby was raising a young son on her own. 

She and Thompson had been friends for years and Shelby found herself drawn to the fact that he was a “good guy.”

The couple soon moved in together, got engaged and, at 21, Shelby became pregnant again. She was “super excited” for the young family to grow.

“I loved being a mama,” she said. “I had the two boys and I was having a little girl.”

Thompson had been fighting for custody of his son and, after Dakota’s third birthday, Little Bryan came to live with the couple permanently. 

“I was just a stay-at-home mama and Bryan worked and we were just doing our thing every day and that’s how I liked it,” she said. “To me, that’s just what I was always supposed to do.”

Thompson worked in lumber and Shelby stayed at home with the boys. Their days were filled with trips to feed the birds and the Biloxi aquarium — both boys like seeing the turtles — and venturing down to the beach.

About six months prior to his death, Little Bryan was burned by bath water. Beety said Shelby and Thompson took him to the hospital. The state investigated the incident and found it to be accidental.

I thought, ‘This is all going to be straightened out’ 

That first night in jail, in between the tears, Shelby said she thought “that someone was going to come and hear the truth and listen to me.”

“I thought they had made a mistake, I thought ‘Why is this happening?’ I was so confused, I didn’t understand. I was scared … I just felt so lost and alone and thought ‘This is all going to be straightened out tomorrow.’

“Of course, a cliche, but tomorrow never comes because here we are 22½ years later and nothing has ever been straightened out.”

The entire experience, she said, has been “unreal.”

When Devon was born, she had dark hair like her father, the roundness of Shelby’s face and “the Shelby nose.”

She was only a few weeks old when Shelby was arrested. 

“Everything happened so fast,” she said. “They came and took her and I was arrested shortly after that. I’ve never seen her again in real life, only in pictures.”

Newborn daughter was adopted

After the trial, Thompson gave up custody and Devon was adopted. 

Her daughter, Shelby said, doesn’t know she exists. 

“She thinks the people who have raised her are her mom and dad,” Tasha said. “She doesn’t even know that I’m somebody in this world.”

Family friends have found the young woman on social media and shown pictures to Shelby over the years. She recognizes herself in the photos.

“At this point she looks identical to me,” Shelby said. “The day we ever do get to see face to face, she’ll know without a doubt I’m her mama.”

But she hasn’t reached out to her and has asked family not to as well. She wants to be “respectful” and give her adoptive mother a chance to tell her first. She’s hopeful that day will come soon. 

“I always have a dream of this to all be over, to be vindicated and for the court to finally see and justice really prevail and to go to her and say, ‘Here I am.'”

Letters from son and a divorce

After years of not having a relationship, Dakota reached out to Shelby when he was 15 years old but the two never got a chance to reconnect in person. Two years later, he was arrested in Missouri. Mother and son wrote letters throughout their incarcerations. He got out of prison last year. He turns 26 this year. 

Sitting in prison, Shelby said she mourns the losses. 

“To me, Little Bryan was never my stepchild,” she said. “He was just a part of me, same as Dakota. I miss him tremendously, as much as I miss Dakota and Devon now.”

Shelby and Thompson married in the aftermath of Little Bryan’s death but divorced in 2016. They haven’t talked since 1998, before he testified on her behalf at trial, she said. She cited abandonment in the divorce papers. 

“I held onto a lot of things that didn’t hold on to me,” she said. 

This article was originally published by ClarionLedger.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.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Father Of Shaken Baby Has Been Charged With Murder

A father who shook and critically injured his baby more than eight years ago was hit Friday with murder charges for the child’s death.

Kashawn Butler, 26, of 69 Old River Road, was charged after his son, born Sincere Butler, died at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children’s Hospital on June 15, 2019. The child, who was later renamed Isaiah J. Pentz, was 7 years old.

The obituary submitted by his adoptive family in Grampian said he “smiled for the first time, taking his first steps as he ran into the arms of Jesus.”

Assistant District Attorney Jarrett J. Ferentino, the lead prosecutor, said he was committed to getting justice for Isaiah.

“As a father, child death cases are especially difficult, but I’m inspired by baby Isaiah’s fight to survive as long as he did,” Ferentino said. “Even though his time on this earth was far too short, we will pursue justice in this case.”

According to the complaint, Butler was watching his son on Dec. 4, 2011, while the mother went to a store and that the baby threw up while he was feeding him a bottle.

The baby also cried and made a noise Butler didn’t like, so he shook him, the complaint says. During questioning by police, Butler said he didn’t mean to hurt Isaiah but that the crying and spitting up had upset him, the charges say.

Isaiah, who stopped breathing as a result of being shaken, was taken to Geisinger Medical Center Danville, where doctors diagnosed him with internal bleeding consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Doctors predicted that Isaiah had a one-third chance of dying and that if he lived he would most likely be in a persistent vegetative state, the complaint says.

The complaint says that after Isaiah died, an autopsy determined he died of pneumonia and a seizure disorder caused by complications of his traumatic brain injury.

Butler was initially charged with aggravated assault and related offenses in the case, and was sentenced to five years, nine months to 12½ years in prison after pleading no contest to the charges.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Butler entered state prison Dec. 4, 2012, and was paroled Oct. 3, 2018. He was re-incarcerated Nov. 18, 2019, for violating his parole and was released again Thursday, according to the department.

However, authorities said Butler remained in custody and was set to be arraigned by video on the criminal homicide charge.

A preliminary hearing date had not been immediately set.

This article was originally published by Citizensvoice.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.

To learn more about me, please visit my website awww.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Charges Filed Against Father In Suspected Shaken Baby Syndrome Case

A 21-year-old father surrendered Thursday to face assault-related charges for allegedly shaking his infant son so hard that it has left the baby blind and brain damaged, according to state police.

Accompanied by his attorney, Tyler Vaughn, of 290 Nippenose Road, was arraigned before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on charges aggravated and simple assault, endangering the welfare of child and recklessly endangering.

A medical scan of the infant’s head “showed a brain injury” and soft tissue damage to his cervical spine, Trooper James Nestico said in an affidavit.

Upon being discharged from the hospital, the baby “is believed to be primarily blind. He is severely neurologically devastated,” Nestico said.

No information was available on who is taking care of the infant.

Investigators allege the infant’s injuries were inflicted by Vaughn in late November and again on the morning of Dec. 4 when the baby, born in late October, suddenly went unresponsive after his mother, Alexa Dincher, 18, picked him up.

“Tyler got up about 7:30 a.m. to feed him and Alexa got up about 7:45 a.m. with the intentions of calling a doctor about the baby’s past vomiting. She took a look at the infant and he didn’t look normal,” Nestico said in the court document.

“She said to Tyler that something was wrong with him, but Tyler said ‘No, he’s fine. I just checked on him.’ Alexa picked up the baby and he just dangled in her arms. She reported that he was gasping for air,” the trooper said.

‘Tyler grabbed the baby from her as she was holding him in her hands. Tyler took him and spun him around to face him. Alexa said that he did so in a quick manner to try CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and that Tyler may have ‘shaken’ him while trying to get air into him. Alexa related that when Tyler took the baby, the infant’s head ‘bobbled forward’ once,” Nestico said.

Tiadaghton Valley Regional police and paramedics rushed to the couple’s Nippenose Township home just before 8 a.m. to investigate a report of someone in “respiratory distress.”

When Sgt. Brian Fioretti arrived on the scene, Vaughn, who was holding the infant, told the officer that the baby had thrown up, Nestico said.

Fioretti grabbed the child, checked for a pulse and began CPR. The baby then “gasped for air,” Nestico said. Fioretti carried the infant to an arriving medic unit.

The infant was rushed first to Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital and then flown to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was admitted in critical condition with severe brain injuries and fractured ribs, Nestico said.

Further examination by medical staff revealed that the infant was a victim of “shaken baby syndrome,” the trooper said. There also was evidence of a prior “brain bleed” and it was believed the injury was “a couple weeks old,” the trooper added.

Upon being questioned, Vaughn told investigators that during the early-morning hours of Nov. 25, when he got up to feed the baby, he picked him up as he was sleeping.

“He couldn’t get the infant to wake up to eat so he ‘shook him around to get him with the program,’” Vaughn told police.

“Tyler said he knew that if the baby didn’t eat now, he would sleep for another two hours and that Tyler just wanted him to wake up. Tyler stated that he ‘shook him hard in quick vibrations,’” Nestico said in the affidavit.

Vaughn said he never shared this incident with the baby’s mother or the baby’s physician or with the doctors treating his son at Geisinger “because he knew he had done something wrong” and that what he allegedly did supposedly led to the infant being hospitalized, Nestico said.

Vaughn made no statements during the arraignment and was released on $95,000 bail.

This article was originally published by Sungazette.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.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Father Shakes Son — Gets 14 Years In Person

Allen County Judge sentenced Eugene R. Estrada Jr. to 14 years in prison for shaking his infant son. The child’s mother, Morgan Braun, will have a jury trial in November for her role in the abuse.

Estrada Jr. pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury as a result of an incident that occurred in December of 2016. Braun is charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury, also. 

According to a probable cause affidavit, the three month old boy was taken to the emergency room at 12:21 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2016. Estrada Jr. told hospital staff that he showered with the baby on Dec. 29 and they had fallen in the tub. Braun, however was quiet and did not say anything, according to court documents.

A doctor said the baby showed signs of shaken baby syndrome and the injuries were not consistent with falling in a shower, the report said. The baby was in critical condition and suffered from brain bleeding, fractured ribs and  had multiple seizures while at the hospital, according to the probable cause affidavit.

During an interview with police, Estrada Jr. repeatedly told police that he was holding the baby “chest to chest” during the shower when the two reportedly fell. He said the baby cried for ten minutes, hard enough that his lip was quivering, the report said. 

Estrada Jr. took the baby and ran to a neighbor’s house to call Braun who was on her way to work after the fall, according to court documents. He told police that he ran next door because his phone was out of minutes. Braun reportedly told him to “keep an eye” on the baby until she got home from work.

Estrada Jr. said he held the baby until Braun came home, according to a probable cause affidavit. He said the baby reportedly had a “blank stare,” he was drooling a lot, and his appetite was not normal. 

Investigators learned Braun took the baby to see a doctor for his three month check up a day after the incident, however did not tell the doctor about the fall in the shower. 

Police interviewed another child who lived at the residence. The child was not at the home when the incident occurred but told police that he heard Estrada Jr. and Braun arguing about the baby being hurt from falling in the shower. He told police the baby “sometimes cries a lot” but he doesn’t remember Estrada or Braun getting mad about it, court documents revealed.

According to the affidavit, a detective asked Estrada if he has issues with anger. Estrada Jr. said sometimes he does not know how to vent or express himself to other people, according to court documents. He said he “breaks down and cries” or “sits there angry and won’t talk to anyone.”

The detective asked Estrada if there are any other incidents that may have caused the baby’s injuries. Estrada reportedly said “no, not at all.” He went on to say “I’ve never shook my child, I’ve never dropped him, I’ve never done anything purposely to hurt him, ever, not once.”

A doctor said there was a high possibility that the parents delay in medical treatment could have resulted in the child’s death. The doctor described the baby’s brain injury as life threatening and consistent with abusive head trauma and inflicted injury. As a result, the baby may have lifelong developmental delays in speech, motor, and cognitive abilities. He could also require long-term anti-seizure medications.

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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.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Police: Man Shook And Slammed Baby Whose Brain Injuries Required Coma

Police say a 32-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man shook and hit his 3-month-old daughter, causing brain damage that required doctors to put her in a medically induced coma for a month.

Joseph P. Lemay, 32, Wisconsin Rapids, is in jail on a $100,000 cash bond set Friday by Wood County Circuit Judge Greg Potter for two counts of child abuse and two felony counts of child neglect.

Police charged the baby’s mother, Meghan E. Newman, 33, of Marshfield, with a felony charge of neglecting a child; the baby’s injuries occurred while Newman was away for the weekend.

According to court documents: 

Doctors at the Marshfield Medical Center on Feb. 18 reported to the Marshfield Police Department concerns about injuries suffered by a 3-month-old baby girl. The girl was bruised across her body, had “significant” brain bleeding and was having seizures, according to a doctor. 

The doctor told police the baby had serious injuries consistent with child abuse and shaken baby syndrome. The doctor said because the baby suffered significant brain trauma and brain hemorrhaging, doctors had to sedate her into a medically-induced coma where she would remain almost a month. 

Lemay told detectives he became frustrated with the baby when he was watching her for a weekend, and she wouldn’t stop crying and “slammed her onto the couch” a couple of times, which may have made her head shake. When detectives said that wouldn’t have caused the baby’s injuries, Lemay said he had become frustrated with the baby on the morning of Feb. 17 because she wouldn’t stop crying. He said he shook her in her bouncy seat for about 30 seconds, making her head snap back and forth. 

Lemay said when he finished shaking his daughter, she looked at him with a shocked expression and immediately began to cry. 

Lemay said he shook his daughter even more aggressively the next day when he again became frustrated with her crying. He said he shook her for one to two minutes with her head snapping back and forth. 

Newman told detectives that she left her children, including their 3-month-old baby, home with Lemay. Newman left town with friends at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16. 

Newman said Lemay called her six times on the morning of Feb. 17. He told her the baby was throwing up and Newman told him to give the baby some medicine she had in the house. Newman told a detective that nothing Lemay said made her think something was seriously wrong with the baby. 

Lemay again called Newman on Sunday morning and said the baby threw up again. Newman wasn’t concerned and returned home as planned on Sunday evening. Newman told detectives the baby was warm to the touch when she arrived home and she decided to give her a bath. Newman noticed bruises on the baby but continued the bath rather than ask Lemay about them. 

When the baby began having seizures, Newman took her to Marshfield Medical Center. 

Newman told a detective she knew Lemay could get violent at times. She said she would have a neighbor look in on him as a safety precaution when he was watching the children. She did not have anyone check on Lemay during her weekend away. 

Lemay had been convicted of first-degree reckless injury in 2007 after he and another man beat a Marshfield man with a pipe. Lemay was sentenced to eight years in prison and eight years extended supervision, according to court records. 

Lemay said he and Newman both knew he was not supposed to spend the night at her residence and he was not supposed to have contact with children as part of the terms of his extended supervision. Police said Lemay told them Newman knew he had a history of violence with children. Doctors do not yet know how extensive the damage is to the baby’s brain.

Lemay’s next court appearance is scheduled for Friday. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 105 years in prison. Newman faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, if she is convicted. 

Newman is scheduled to make an initial appearance May 14 on a felony charge of neglecting a child and misdemeanor charges of encouraging a parole violation and obstructing an officer. 

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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.

To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.