Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dad facing felony abuse charges after death of 6-week-old son (Chesterfield, Virginia)

Dad is identified as BRADLEY W. SIMMONS. Notice the subtle reference to "his residence" (as in Dad's residence) and that there is no mention of a mother. Was this a custody/visitation situation with a newborn?

Chesterfield infant dies of injuries; father already facing charges


Published: March 25, 2013

CHESTERFIELD - A 6-week-old baby believed to be the victim of shaken baby syndrome died Saturday night, county police report.

Bradley W. Simmons, 22, was with his 6-week-old child in his residence in the 15200 block of Timsberry Circle when the incident occurred March 13, Chesterfield County police said.

The infant was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond with life-threatening injuries following the incident.

Simmons, the father, was charged with felony child abuse for shaking and injuring the infant. He was being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail.

Police are meeting with medical staff and the commonwealth's attorney on the case to determine if the charges should be upgraded.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines shaken baby syndrome as physical abuse caused by violently shaking an infant. It is the country's leading cause of death from child abuse.