Thursday, 17 March 2011

SBS: Connecticutt: Joshua Murray charged

 03/15/2011  Karen Florin
A Colchester man accused in a shaken baby abuse case made his first appearance Monday in the New London Superior Court where major crimes are tried.
Joshua A. Murray, 22, of 57 White Oak Drive is free on a $100,000 bond while his case is pending. He is accused of bouncing the 2-month-old son of his girlfriend against his chest several times, causing brain injuries. The baby, who is now in custody of his maternal grandmother, may suffer long-term effects from the abuse, according to a court document.
State police were called to The William W. Backus Hospital on Jan. 9 for a report that the hospital suspected shaken baby syndrome in an infant and was transferring him to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center via Life Star helicopter. They learned that Murray and the child's mother had called 911 after the child became unresponsive.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit prepared by Detective Joseph Masson, Murray said he and the baby's mother were living together in Jewett City and that the mother asked him to take care of the child while she slept because she needed the night off. He said he held the baby under the armpits and bounced him up and down and against his chest to stop him from crying. Murray said the baby's forehead hit his chest five to 10 times and that he did not think he was hurting the child, who did stop crying. Murray admitted he had done the same thing to the child about a month earlier.
Murray is charged with first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor and appeared Monday with his attorney, Michael Blanchard. Judge Patrick J. Clifford reminded Murray there is a protective order that prohibits him from having contact with the victim and continued the case to March 29.

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