Monday, July 26, 2010

Babysitting dad found guilty in beating death of 7-month-old daughter (Flint, Michigan)

Dad MICHAEL ANTHONY GRIFFIN has been found guilty of 1st-degree felony murder in the beating death of his 7-month-old daughter. The baby died from abusive head trauma (sometimes called shaken baby syndrome).

Flint father found guilty in beating death of 7-month-old daughter
Published: Monday, July 26, 2010, 3:12 PM
Updated: Monday, July 26, 2010, 3:15 PM
Laura Misjak The Flint Journal

FLINT, Michigan — Michael Anthony Griffin, 20, of Flint, was convicted Friday in the September beating death of his 7-month-old daughter Naviah Griffin.

Naviah died after she was left in the care of Griffin Sept. 30, 2009 when her mother was visiting friends.

The mother returned home to find the baby limp and hardly breathing, according to the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office.

The baby was transported to Hurley Medical Center where it was discovered she had a subdural hemorrhage. She died during emergency surgery.

The defense argued that Naviah had fallen from her infant swing to a wooden floor, and the prosecution argued that the injuries were the cause of “abusive head trauma.”

Griffin was convicted of first degree felony murder and first degree child abuse. He will be sentenced in circuit court Aug. 30 and faces life without parole.