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Shaken Baby Arrest

Posted on 8th May 2014 at 15:57

Tyler C. Abair, 23, of Chehalis is under arrest on first-degree assault charges, accused of shaking and severely injuring his infant daughter. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office that the investigation got under way on April 13th, after a 911 call came in from Abair’s home on Koontz Road, reporting that the four month-old girl was not breathing. The baby was taken to Centralia Providence Hospital, and was eventually transferred to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. At that facility, doctors reported that the girl had retinal hemorrhaging and a brain injury, consistent with “shaken baby syndrome.” They also say that there was evidence of previous injuries. The investigation shows that Abair had been alone with the girl; at first, he denied shaking the baby, but then admitted that he had done so after she had choked while drinking a bottle. He noticed that she stopped breathing after the shaking, but then he called the mother, instead of 911. The mother called 911, went home, and then started CPR. Deputies waited for test results to return before making the arrest. Abair is now being held on bail of $250,000, while the baby girl is back at home, recovering with her mother.