An 8-month-old child from Monterey, CA, died Monday, July 27, from injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome, according to the KION news website. The initial report of injury occurred Friday, July 24, when police received a call from the Casa Verde Inn stating that a baby was unconscious after falling. According to the site, the child was then transported to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula before being airlifted to Stanford Medical Center for treatment. Twenty-four-year-old William Fajardo was arrested the same day in connection with incident and now faces charges of homicide and assault resulting in child fatality, among other charges. Investigators reported that Fajardo's girlfriend, 17, was not present at the time of the alleged shaking incident.
Wrongful death from shaken baby syndrome is something no child should have to suffer, and no parent should have to live with the burden that a child's fatal injuries may have been prevented. As an advocate for families who have lost children due to shaken baby syndrome and other cases of injury or abuse, Chris Keane is familiar with the indescribable pain and suffering experienced after tragedy, and he expresses his deepest sympathies to the family of the young victim in this incident. For free resources, information, and answers to any questions regarding wrongful death or shaken baby syndrome, feel free to contact Chris Keane online or by phone at 1-888-592-KIDS.
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