Thursday, May 3, 2012

In Kansas, Father of injured Wichita baby charged with felony battery | Shaken Baby Syndrome

Prosecutors reportedly filed an aggravated battery charge Wednesday afternoon against the father of a 6-week-old boy who suffered serious injuries.
The father, Devinn Dilley, 20, who reportedly said in court papers that he works as a nightclub bouncer and also has a 1-year-old daughter, is being held under a $100,000 bond.
The felony charge, filed in Sedgwick County District Court, says Dilley reportedly “unlawfully and knowingly” caused “great bodily harm or disfigurement” to his infant son.
Earlier today, police Lt. Jeff Weible, head of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Exploited and Missing Child Unit, reportedly said the baby was expected to be released from a hospital but could have long-term health issues as a result of the injuries.
Dilley, who filled out court papers asking that a public defender be appointed to represent him, faces a May 16 preliminary hearing.
The charge reportedly says the baby’s injuries occurred around April 26.
Dilley said in the court documents that he lives in the 500 block of North Emporia and that he is single.
Police have reportedly said they arrested the father following an investigation triggered by a doctor’s phone call, after the infant was brought to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis on Friday morning, records show. Based on an examination, a doctor suspected the baby had been the victim of abuse or shaken-baby syndrome.
The baby has reportedly been in the pediatric intensive care unit at St. Francis and had been placed in police protective custody.
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