Thursday, February 23, 2012

In Michigan, 19-year-old Burton man accused of shaking 'miracle baby' could use insanity defense, court records show | Shaken Baby Syndrome

Zachary J. Robinett is reportedly charged with first-degree child abuse after his girlfriend's 14-month-old baby suffered numerous bruises to head and body, a skull fracture and reported bleeding in the brain.

The baby was found unresponsive after police were called to a home on Feb. 11. The baby was taken to a local hospital.

Court records reportedly show that an intention to assert an insanity defense was filed in Genesee District Court on Tuesday. 

Robinett will be sent to the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry to see if he is competent to stand trial, documents show. 

Leyton said Robinett was left alone with the baby after the child's mother went to work. It appears to be reportedly a case of shaken baby syndrome, the prosecutor added.

"Doctors are referring to him as a miracle baby," said Leyton. "At first, they weren't sure he was even going to live."
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