Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dad found guilty of assaulting 3-month-old baby; boy, now 3-years old, has permanent disabilities (Danvers, Massachusetts)

Dad is identified as DANIEL GREEN.


Father guilty in shaken baby case

Danvers: Former resident guilty of assault, battery on a child with substantial injury

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015 9:55 pm


A former Danvers resident is facing up to 15 years in state prison, after a judge on Monday found him guilty of causing life-altering injuries to his then-3-month-old son.

The verdict against Daniel Green, 30, was delivered by Lawrence Superior Court Judge Mary Ames following four days of deliberation. He will be sentenced next month.

“This has been a very difficult matter, to say the least,” said Ames as she prepared to read her verdict.

Ames found Green guilty of assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury, but not guilty of permitting an assault and battery on the child.

Green and his lawyer, Joseph Collins, had waived a jury in the case, which was based in large part on complex medical evidence.

The incident, on Nov. 27, 2012, left the baby with a 60 percent loss of vision and developmental delays.

Doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital found that the child, who they believe had either been thrown down or shaken violently, suffered bleeding on the brain and on both retinas, as well as bruising under his armpits and on his spleen, and a laceration to his thigh.

The child, now 3, has spent much of his life since then with a foster mother who is a retired head injury nurse.

She described how the boy is beginning to recognize his limitations compared to other children and how he struggles with that knowledge, as well as other symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.

His vision is so poor, the foster mother testified, that he was unable to see the animals, only nearby trees, during a trip to the zoo. He will begin receiving services this fall from the Perkins School for the Blind.