Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dad charged with 1st degree aggravated child abuse; 5-month-old son apparently shaken (Battle Creek, Michigan)

UNNAMED DAD has been charged with 1st-degree aggravated child abuse after his 5-month-old son was hospitalized with respiratory problems that appear to be related to being shaken. Note that the father doesn't even live with the mom, since the "incident" took place at "the home of the baby's mother."

Man arrested on charge of child abuse
The Enquirer • January 23, 2010

SHAKEN BABY: A Battle Creek man, 25, was arrested Friday on a charge of first degree aggravated child abuse after Battle Creek police said the man’s son was taken to the hospital.

Police were called about 5:15 p.m. after the man’s five-month old child was taken to Battle Creek Health System and then to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo with what doctors told police were injuries likely caused by being shaken.

The baby’s father told police he was feeding the child at the home of the baby’s mother on West Rittenhouse Avenue when the baby began choking. The man called for an ambulance but then took the baby to Battle Creek Health System in his car.

Police said the child was unconscious and using a breathing machine at the hospital. The case remains under investigation.