Friday, April 3, 2015

Dad claims infant daughter accidentally hit her head, but searched "shaken baby syndrome" after she was injured; baby has fractured skull and dad charged with assault (Waterbury, Connecticut)

Having examined hundreds of these cases before, I can reasonably speculate what really happened. The father became "frustrated" during a routine diaper change (this is surprisingly common especially with male caregivers), and bashed the baby's skull. He did a quick Internet search under shaken baby, then decided to do a cover-up using the classic Clumsy Daddy excuse. It's numbingly routine at this point...Notice that there is no mention of a mother in the home. Makes me wonder if dad was playing the caretaker role while Mom worked for a living. That is also very common .

Daddy is identified as BENJAMIN MARSHALL.

Court Documents: Father Did Internet Search On “Shaken Baby”
April 1, 2015 2:20 PM

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Court documents show a 21-year-old Woodbury man whose daughter suffered a head injury last June had searched the term “shaken baby syndrome” on his smart phone shortly after the girl was injured.

Benjamin Marshall is free on a $50,000 bond after his arraignment Monday on an assault charge. Marshall told police he was changing his daughter when he received a chat message and become distracted. He said he caught the child as she fell from the changing table, but the baby hit her head.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, police searched the phone and found four searches for “shaken baby syndrome.”

The baby was treated at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury for a fractured skull.

Attempts to reach Marshall for comment Wednesday were not successful.