In Arizona, Indictment in shaken-baby case | Shaken Baby Syndrome
A grand jury reportedly indicted 23-year-old Kevin Lester Reed on Thursday on one count of child abuse after he was arrested on charges of shaking his 20-day-old son last week.
The child reportedly suffered internal bleeding in his head as a result of "shaken baby syndrome," according to a police report. The baby stopped breathing and needed a tube for oxygen.
It was Reed's first day home alone after the boy's mother went back to work, according to a police report. He also was watching his 17-month-old son.
An officer was reportedly called to the hospital by medical personnel after the infant stopped breathing in the emergency department. The doctor immediately diagnosed the child with shaken baby syndrome.
"(The doctor) stated there is no doubt in his mind that (the boy) was shaken violently," a police report stated.
A police officer reportedly sent the mother in with the baby and started interviewing Reed. At first, he maintained that the child had stopped breathing at home and he had shaken the baby in a circle to try and put air into the lungs. The officer told Reed that such a motion would not have caused the type of injuries his son had sustained.
Under pressure, Reed reportedly admitted that he had gotten frustrated with the child's crying and jerked him back and forth twice in anger.
"I got pissed off because they were both crying and wanted my attention," Reed reportedly told an investigate
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