Thursday, May 31, 2012

In Virginia, Charges move forward in Va. Beach baby’s death | Shaken Baby Syndrome

In early January, Samantha Murawski and her 4-month-old baby girl reportedly moved into a Birdneck-area apartment with Murawski’s 22-year-old boyfriend.
Five days later, the baby girl was reportedly dead.
Police reportedly identified the infant as Aubrey Hannsz, and an autopsy determined she died of abusive head trauma consistent with shaken baby syndrome, prosecutor Philip C. Hollowell said during a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court his morning. The infant also had suffered trauma to her neck, chest, abdomen and anus, Hollowell said.
A few days later, police reportedly arrested Murawski’s boyfriend, Micah Patterson, on a charge of felony child abuse in Aubrey’s death. Judge Randall Blow today certified that charge to a Circuit Court grand jury, which will determine if there’s enough evidence to go to trial.
A grand jury earlier this month also reportedly indicted Patterson on charges of second-degree murder and object sexual penetration in Aubrey’s death. He’s scheduled for trial on those charges Aug. 8.
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