Friday, 4 March 2011

SBS: Wisconsin: Joshua Booth charged

March 1, 2011
Release from Columbus Police Department: Today in Columbia County Circuit Court Joshua Booth, 24, Columbus was formally charged with physical abuse of a child-causing great bodily harm and physical abuse of a child-causing bodily harm following his February 24 arrest by Columbus Police.
On Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at approximately 4:27p.m, officers and EMS were dispatched to a Columbus residence for a 4 month old infant who was reportedly having difficulty breathing. EMS arrived and at one point he became pulseless. EMS performed CPR on the infant, successfully resuscitating him. He was alter transported to UW Hospital.
The following day UW Hospital child abuse staff discovered injuries that were inconsistent with Booth's initial accounts of events to police and medical staff. Upon further questioning, Booth admitted shaking the infant who would not stop crying for 30-60 seconds until the infant became unresponsive.
The infant remains hospitalized with brain related injuries. Further examination discovered additional injuries, including fractures, to the infant that are believed to have occurred prior to this incident.

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