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.