Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dad "main suspect" in assault on 4-month-old baby; infant severely brain damaged (Waverly, Ohio)

UNNAMED DAD though the victim and the grandmother are identified.

Shaken Baby in Waverly

Updated: Monday, April 1 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

WAVERLY -- While an infant fights for his life, his family is fighting for justice after the four month-old child was shaken last Saturday.

Little Trip Nichols is at Nationwide Children's Hospital, where his grandmother said he is blind and severely brain damaged after being shaken.

The child's mother heard him screaming from another room, went in and found the baby in his father's arms, according to the child's grandmother Angela Garrett. She said the baby went into convulsions and turned blue. He was taken by helicopter to Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Garrett said the child is breathing on his own now, but is blind. It's still not clear if the child will survive, she said.

Police in Waverly told ABC 6 the father is the main suspect at this point. Police said they expect the Pike County grand jury to take up the case next week.

In the meantime, Garrett said she hopes the child can beat the odds.

"I just hope he can see again," she said. "I hope he'll prove the doctors wrong."