Monday, 7 November 2011

SBS: Virginia: Amy Hunter charged

Kari PughThe Naval Criminal Investigative Service has charged a 25-year-old Quantico woman with shaking to death a baby in her care.
Amy Hunter, 25, admitted to violently shaking a 9-month-old girl she regularly babysat at her home on Quantico Marine Corps base on April 26, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Oct. 17.
Hunter was watching the baby, identified in court papers only as C.P., along with her own 10-month-old daughter, the complaint said.
Hunter called 911 at 9:23 a.m. reporting the baby girl was unconscious after taking a fall and hitting "the back of her head really hard," the complaint reads.
The infant was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she was pronounced brain dead. Her family took her off life support on April 28.
An autopsy revealed the baby suffered from skull fractures, soft tissue swelling, a subdural hematoma and severe retinal hemorrhages consistent with shaken baby syndrome, the complaint stated. She also had a healing rib fracture that appeared to be several weeks old.
Hunter first told investigators she had gone to the bathroom and the infant had fallen backwards and hit the back of her head on a lower chair rail, the complaint stated. She said she picked up the unconscious baby and called her mother, who told Hunter to call 911, according to the complaint.
During a second interview investigators conducted with Hunter on April 27, she "admitted that on the morning of April 26 … she repeatedly shook C.P., causing C.P.'s head to strike the wall," the complaint stated.
A search of a computer seized from Hunter's home revealed that between January and April, someone with access to the computer conducted several searches related to "shaken baby syndrome" and "baby hits back of head," according to the complaint. The first search was conducted Jan. 6, 2011 and the others on the morning of April 26.

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