Thursday, 19 May 2011

SBS: West Virginia: Michael Fannin accused

May 14, 2011
HUNTINGTON -- The case against 41-year-old Michael Fannin, who is accused in the shaking death of 4-month old Emma Beatty, was bound over to the grand jury by Cabell County Magistrate Dan Goheen Friday.
The criminal complaint stated that Emma Beatty, who was born in January, was hospitalized with severe head trauma and other life-threatening injuries two weeks ago at Cabell Huntington Hospital. She died threedays later.
The criminal complaint stated Melissa Beatty, the girl's mother, said she left her daughter in the care of Fannin at his Marcum Terrace apartment when she went to work at 6:30 a.m. Friday.
Beatty said Fannin contacted her at 8:30 a.m., saying he had dropped Emma on the couch after a screen door slammed and startled them, the complaint said. Beatty said Fannin told her Emma hadn't been "acting right" since the fall, and she was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center before being transferred to the PICU at Cabell Huntington, which is when authorities stepped in, according to the complaint.
Trooper W.G. Hash of the West Virginia State Police and a doctor from Cabell Huntington Hospital testified in Friday's preliminary hearing. Hash testified that Fannin's story had changed, while the doctor said the baby's brain injuries were consistent shaken baby syndrome.
Fannin is charged with felony child abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian leading to death. He remains held on $1 million cash bond.

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