Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dad on trial for shaking 2-month-old son; baby now partially blind (Bonneville County, Idaho)

It's particularly irritating to me when a dad like BRAD ZSADANYI admits he was alone with the baby when the baby was injured, but still plays dumb in court about knowing how the baby got hurt or who did it. The mom says that Dad told her that he "fell when holding the infant." Whatever. Doesn't change the fact that this baby is now blind in one eye from the brain damage and/or retinal damage. Retinal damage in particular is associated with violent shaking. Go to the shaken baby tab below to check out some of the research.

Father on Trial For Shaking Infant Son

Posted: Jan 26, 2010 06:47 PM CST

Updated: Jan 27, 2010 11:48 AM CST

By Hailey Higgins, Local News 8 Reporter

BONNEVILLE COUNTY - A father said his infant son seemed totally fine until he saw a bruise on his head, according to recorded police interviews heard Tuesday in his trial.

Brad Zsadanyi, 23, faces felony injury to a child charges after his two-month-old son is diagnosed with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

In interviews heard in court, Zsadanyi told police he was alone with the baby the morning of April 11, 2009 but adamantly denied knowing how he got hurt.

But, in court, the mother who asked her identity be hidden, testified when she asked Zsadanyi what happened, he first told her he didn't support the child's head.

When asked again, she said he changed his story and that he fell when holding the infant and his son hit his head on Zsadanyi's chest.

Doctor Justin Thompson first treated the baby and testified the child came into the hospital in critical condition with blood on his swollen brain.

He is now blind in one eye because of the injuries.