Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In Missouri, Man pleads guilty, sentenced for baby death in St. Charles | Shaken Baby Syndrome

A St. Louis man has reportedly been sentenced to 18 years in prison after admitting he shook a 3-month-old relative in St. Charles in 2011, causing her death.
The man, Jarrett Lamar Reed, 23, was reportedly left alone to watch the baby, Maliah May Thomas, on Aug. 26 of that year in an apartment in the first block of Bel Rae Court. The child's mother is Reed's cousin.
Reed reportedly pleaded guilty to abuse of a child resulting in death on Thursday in St. Charles County Circuit Court and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Lucy Rauch.
Police said that sometime during the morning while Reed was with Maliah, he reportedly shook and twisted her violently, causing major internal injuries. Then he left to get a cigar and returned to watch television in another room until her mother returned from work about 4 p.m. She called 911 after discovering Maliah was "ice cold," police said.  Reed reportedly told police he got frustrated with the baby after she would not stop crying.
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