Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dad arrested on felony child abuse charges; 11-week-old son hospitalized with brain injuries (Kuna, Idaho)

Dad BRANDON JULIAN has been arrested on felony injury to a child charges, after his 11-week-old son was hospitalized with non-accidental trauma injuries (also known as shaken baby injuries).

Kuna man arrested on suspicion of shaken baby
Kuna Melba News report• Wed, Dec 15, 2010

Ada County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Kuna father on a charge of felony injury to a child. Brandon Julian, 32, of Kuna, was booked into the Ada County Jail on the charge early Wednesday morning.

The charge stems from an investigation that began last Friday, Dec. 10. An 11-week-old infant had been admitted to St. Luke’s after several days of fever, vomiting and lethargy. Tests showed the infant had bleeding and bruising within his skull.

Doctors say the tests confirm the infant suffered “non-accidental trauma”, commonly referred to as shaken baby syndrome.

Doctors immediately reported the findings to Health and Welfare and to law enforcement on Friday.

Based on the evidence gathered through the course of the investigation, Ada County Sheriff’s detectives determined Brandon Julian is responsible for the injuries to his 11-week-old son. Investigators say the incident that caused the injuries happened in the early morning hours of Friday, Dec. 3, in Julian’s home in the 1900 block of Maroon in Kuna.

The 11-week-old remains hospitalized. He is expected to survive but his prognosis is not yet known. When he is released from the hospital, the infant will remain in the custody of his mother.

Julian is being held in the Ada County Jail and is expected to be arraigned on the felony injury to a child charge this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.