CHEHALIS, Wash. – A Chehalis man was charged with child abuse Tuesday after shaking his 4-month-old daughter, deputies said.
Tyler C. Abair, 23, was arrested in connection with an April 13 incident in which his 4-month-old daughter was taken the hospital with severe injuries indicative of shaken baby syndrome, according to Lewis County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Stacy Brown.
Emergency responders had been dispatched to the home after receiving a call that the infant was not breathing. The child was taken to the hospital where doctors reported the baby had suffered from retinal hemorrhaging and brain injury consistent with the shaking of a child, Brown said.
Abair was alone with the child prior to the injury. He noticed the baby had stopped breathing but did not call 911. Instead he called the baby’s mother, who then called 911. Abair denied injuring the baby, but later admitted to shaking the child because, he said, the baby was choking while drinking from a bottle, according to deputies.
Doctors also found older brain injuries on the child that could be from shaking, Brown said.
Abair was booked into the Lewis County Jail Tuesday for assault of a child. He was already in custody for unrelated crimes, Brown said.