Kelso baby dies of 'shaken baby' injuries

Kelso baby dies of 'shaken baby' injuries

Kelso baby dies of 'shaken baby' injuries

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Associated Press

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 2:01 PM

KELSO, Wash. (AP) — A Kelso, Wash., man has been arrested for investigation of murder in the death of a 1-month-old baby.

The Cowlitz County sheriff's office says an autopsy conducted Monday by the Oregon state medical examiner's office determined the death was a homicide and the child, James Childers, died of a closed head injury. The sheriff's office says help was called Friday to the home where 20-year-old Christopher Everette lives with the baby's mother. The boy had stopped breathing. He was airlifted to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland where he died Sunday.

Bail for Everette was set Monday at $1 million.

Doctors told sheriff's detectives the baby had brain bruising, broken ribs, a broken arm and abdominal injuries. They said the injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

The sheriff's office says Everette denied injuring the baby, but said he shook him for a minute or two after he found him not breathing.

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