Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dad arrested in beating death of 4-month-old daughter (Kingston, Washington)

Fathers rights people very often claim that "shaken baby syndrome" is just a myth--maybe because the studies consistently show that fathers are the biggest group of perpetrators, and well, you know. That could undermine their cause. But as we see here, shaking the baby is often just one aspect of the assault. This baby also had abdominal injuries and a fractured rib in addition to the brain injuries.

Also notice that there is no mention of a mother in this home.


Kingston man accused of shaking infant daughter to death

By Associated Press
Published: Jul 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM PDT

KINGSTON, Wash. -- A 21-year-old Kingston man accused of shaking his 4-month old baby to death was arrested on Monday.

It was just after midnight on July 17 that Kitsap County emergency dispatchers got a 911 call about a baby not breathing in the 26200 block of Central Avenue NE in Kingston, according to the sheriff's department.

Deputies and medics arrived on scene and drove the young girl to Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale before transferring her to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma. The infant died the following day.

The doctor who tried to save the girl's life told investigators her injuries were "consistent with what is known as shaken baby syndrome," according to the sheriff's department.

Doctors later discovered the girl had a fractured rib, hemorrhaging at the back of her head and bruising in the lower abdominal area. The baby also had a perforated colon caused by blunt force trauma, according to the sheriff's department.

The more police investigated, the more they believed the girl's father was responsible for her injuries and death. The man, who has not been named, was arrested Monday and booked into jail for investigation of second degree murder. His bail was set at $1 million.