Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dad charged with hitting, violently shaking 9-month-old son; baby has life-threatening injuries (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Dad is identified as WARREN WHEELER.


St. Paul baby faces life-altering injuries after father allegedly shook him

Article by: NICOLE NORFLEET, Star Tribune
Updated: September 16, 2013 - 9:36 PM

A 9-month-old baby suffered potentially fatal and life-altering injuries after his St. Paul father shook and hit him, according to criminal charges.

Warren Wheeler, 31, was charged Friday in Ramsey County District Court for malicious punishment of a child after his son was hospitalized for seizures.

According to the complaint, emergency personnel received a call Thursday from the infant’s mother who asked for an ambulance to be sent to her home on St. Clair Avenue near S. Dunlap Street because her baby was having a seizure. During the call, the line was disconnected, and when dispatch called back, Wheeler answered the phone. Wheeler said the baby was biting down on his tongue and had been wheezing and breathing funny the night before.

A little before 1 p.m., the baby was admitted to Children’s Hospital where he was found to have brain swelling and blood outside the brain. The infant also was found to have two lacerations to his liver. The physician indicated that the boy’s injuries were life-threatening and permanently life-altering, charges said. It was determined that trauma was the cause of the boy’s injuries.