Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dad charged with violently shaking 2-month-old son, causing baby to have seizures (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin)

Dad is identified as CASEY R. HANNEMAN.

Father charged with child abuse in shaken baby case

Karen Madden, Daily Tribune Media 1:03 p.m. CDT September 8, 2014

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – A 31-year-old Grand Rapids man authorities say shook his 2-month-old son, causing the baby to have seizures, made his initial appearance Monday in Wood County Circuit Court.

Wood County Circuit Judge Todd Wolf set a $10,000 signature bond for Casey R. Hanneman during the initial appearance. Hanneman is charged with child abuse, and, if convicted, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, at 1 a.m. July 19, the baby's crying woke Hanneman, who got up to feed him. Hanneman fed the baby his formula, but the baby wouldn't stop crying. Hanneman gripped the baby beneath both armpits, shook him and said "Please stop crying," according to the complaint.

The baby began choking and went limp, according to the complaint. Hanneman and the baby's mother immediately took the child to Riverview Medical Center, but they left without having him checked when the baby appeared to return to normal.

During the next few days, the baby suffered two seizures, according to the criminal complaint. He was admitted to the Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Marshfield. A child abuse expert determined the baby suffered injuries consistent with "shaken baby syndrome," according to the complaint.

As a condition of the bond, Hanneman can have no contact with the baby, anyone under 18 or the baby's mother.