Charges expected for father accused of assaulting baby

Charges expected for father accused of assaulting baby

SPOKANE, Wash. – Charges are expected to be filed against the father of a 2-month-old who nearly died after she was assaulted several times.

Police said the 2-month-old baby is still alive but has life-altering injuries.

Officers are in the process of filing charges with the prosecutor's office against Sebastian Smith, 20. Court documents said Smith's 2-month-old daughter had broken bones, bruises and fractures when she was examined at the hospital.

Police were called to the home of Smith on August 28 because their 2-month-old was not breathing. When officers questioned the child's parents, they said their explanations for the child's injuries just did not add up.

Smith told officers the injuries possibly happened because the baby rolled of their mattress onto a pair of his steel-toed boots. Officials said it is physically impossible for a child of her age to roll, so officers knew that was not true. The baby's mother tried to tell officers the same story but then admitted to seeing Smith grip the baby very hard and "shake the baby back and forth in a forceful manner."

Officers said Smith later admitted to being frustrated with the baby's crying and shaking her hard back and forth. Smith also told officers he stepped on the baby's leg when he tripped on a skateboard and said he threw a game controller that hit her in the head. Emergency room staff said the baby "had new and old bruising on her head, neck, legs, and was showing to have several broken as well as healing rib fractures on the front of her body as well as on her back. Additionally, she was found to have severe retinal hemorrhages, which is a textbook sign of shaken baby syndrome."

Investigators initially though the child's injuries may be fatal. The child is still alive but now has permanent neurological damage.



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