Monday, 17 January 2011

SBS: Illinois: Vincent Jorge Phillips Accused of Shaking 6-Month-Old Baby

 07 Jan 2011 PEORIA - A 23-year-old Peoria man is behind bars, accused of shaking his baby so hard she ended up in the hospital. And he's admitted he's done it before.

Vincente Jorge Phillips has been charged with child abuse, after allegedly shaking his 6-month-old daughter.
In late November, police were called when the child was admitted to the hospital with severe retinal hemorrhaging in the eyes and chronic and acute subdural bleeds in the brain.
At the time, Phillips told hospital staff this was the 4th or 5th time his daughter lost consciousness in the last few months. It only happened when his wife was at work.
The baby had been hospitalized several times, with symptoms consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Hospital staff diagnosed the child with non-accidental trauma from shaking.
During an interview at the hospital, Phillips allegedly admitted he would shake the baby forcefully, using excessive force, when he was "frustrated" -- and that it happened multiple times.
Phillips and his wife are in the middle of a divorce and she has a restraining order against him. According to court records, he is seeking sole custody.
She told detectives she saw Phillips shake the baby when she was just 2 weeks old.
Doctors say if the baby had not been hospitalized, she would have died.
The baby will grow up to have at least some developmental damage, possible loss of vision, and will require extensive followup treatment to determine the long-term effects of abuse.

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