Last week, law enforcement officials took into custody a 32-year-old father named Malcolm, who was subsequently charged with aggravated child abuse.
The charges stem from an incident eight months ago in which he allegedly shook his 3-month-old baby so violently that the infant was left fighting for his life.
As of now, the baby remains hospitalized and dependent on a ventilator. Malcolm is being held on a $150,000 bond. In January 2023, a 911 call led officers to the victim’s residence after Malcolm reported that his baby son had become unresponsive and limp when he picked him up.
Medical professionals informed investigators that the infant had suffered a brain bleed, prompting concerns of potential abuse. Additionally, doctors noted that the baby had experienced cardiac arrest, with his heart ceasing to beat for 16 minutes.
They also observed indications of a possible arm fracture. Medical experts asserted that such injuries could not occur spontaneously in an infant, as they are immobile.
Hospital staff informed investigators that the injuries to the baby were consistent with abusive head trauma, likely resulting from violent shaking.
During interviews with investigators, the baby’s older sibling disclosed that Malcolm had on occasion become frustrated with the baby and had shaken him in the past, including on the morning of the incident.
Malcolm was responsible for caring for the baby while the mother was at work. Police officials have equated the baby’s injuries to those sustained in a car crash.