Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dad accused of assaulting 3-month-old son; baby in critical condition (Kenton County, Kentucky)

Once again: "Frustrated" dad who bashes the baby. And can't bother to get medical care.

Dad is identified as CASEY RADCLIFFE.

Dad accused of gravely injuring baby

Terry DeMio, 12:27 p.m. EDT October 8, 2015

A Northern Kentucky father faces an assault charge after he allegedly shook his baby, causing a severe brain injury.

A Northern Kentucky father is accused of violently shaking his infant, causing severe injury including hemorrhaging to the 3-month-old baby's brain.

Casey Radcliffe, 24, of Independence, is in the Kenton County jail, facing a charge of first-degree assault.

His next court hearing is set for Oct. 15. Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said Wednesday that, because of the infant's grave condition, he anticipates going through with the preliminary court hearing rather than going directly to a grand jury to seek an expedient indictment.

"I'm waiting to see how the child responds to medical treatment," Sanders said, adding that, if the boy, "God forbid, doesn't make it," the case could become a murder case rather than first-degree assault.

The first-degree assault charge carries with it a 10- to 20-year sentence.

The baby boy, whose name is Raiden, is in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in critical condition.

A warrant for Radcliffe's arrest issued Saturday states that the father caused a "grave risk of death" to the baby.

The warrant states, even though Radcliffe saw his child's physical reaction right after shaking the baby, the father put the infant in his crib rather than seeking medical help. Several hours later, when the mother returned home, she called a doctor after seeing her distressed infant. The doctor directed her to take the baby to Children's Hospital.