Timothy Blazonis, 21, of 452 Lake St., was ordered held without bail yesterday morning pending a dangerousness hearing to be scheduled in Haverhill District Court. Patrolman Kevin Lynch said in a report filed with the court that he went to Blazonis' house around 4:30 p.m. Sunday after police received a report that a child there was not breathing. Lynch said the baby, Sofia Blazonis, was taking shallow breaths when he arrived so he administered CPR.
Police said Blazonis initially claimed the baby fell off a bed, but a nurse at Lawrence General Hospital later reported that Blazonis told her he dropped the baby, investigators said.
Sofia was transported to Lawrence General Hospital, then airlifted to Boston Medical Center, Assistant District Attorney Heidi Sylvanowicz said yesterday. Sylvanowicz said the infant suffered severe cerebral bleeding at the back of her head. While at Lawrence General Hospital, the child suffered seizures, according to Detective Andrea Fogarty's report.
Blazonis admitted to police he was frustrated by the baby's crying, Sylvanowicz said. Police reported the incident to the state Department of Children and Families, which now has custody of the baby.
The mother of the child, Stefanie Legendre, 21, of 452 Lake St., was working when the alleged assault happened, police said. Legendre was not present during Blazonis' arraignment.
Blazonis is charged with assault and battery on a child causing serious injury. He surrendered at the Haverhill police station at 3:33 a.m. yesterday, police said.
The baby remains in critical condition, investigators said. State and Haverhill police, as well as the Department of Children and Families, continue to investigate.
Dr. Robert Sege, a physician at Boston Medical Center, told police the "likely outcome was not positive," according to Fogarty, and that the baby's injuries were not consistent with a fall from a bed.
The infant likely suffered from abusive head trauma, also known as shaken baby syndrome, Sege told investigators.