HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A 24-year-old man is facing neglect and domestic battery charges after court documents state a 2-month-old in his care was critically injured.
According to court documents, doctors say the baby’s injuries and head trauma were suspicious for a nonaccidental injury.
Probable cause documents say Braxton M. Gray was caring for the child when he was injured on March 26. Gray told police he was trying to move a chair while the child’s mother was at work when he fell backwards into the baby’s bassinet.
Gray said the child then became fussy so he fed him. He said he fell asleep while feeding him, and woke up slouched over the baby. Gray said he has PTSD that causes him to shake and jerk in his sleep.
He said when he woke up, the baby was not breathing. He said he then grabbed a stethoscope, but could not find a heartbeat. Gray said he then gave the baby chest compressions and splashed water on him to try and wake him up.
When the mother arrived home, she said she found Gray in a panic. Gray told her the baby was having problems breathing and had performed CPR.
The mother said she found the baby wrapped in a blanket on the couch, looking pale and cold to the touch. She then took the child to the hospital for treatment.
The hospital said the baby suffered severe injuries, including bleeding and bruising of the brain, that doctors said was highly concerning for abusive head trauma. An MRI also revealed blood collecting at the baby’s spine, which doctors say is a sign of shaken baby syndrome.
Doctors say at this time, the baby is heavily sedated and is in stable but critical condition.
Gray faces charges of neglect and domestic battery. He will appear in court on April 8 for an initial hearing.