Baby critical as Huntington man faces neglect and battery charges

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A Huntington man has been charged after his girlfriend’s two-month-old son suffered injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. 

According to the probable cause affidavit, Huntington police were called to the hospital on March 26 around 11:20 a.m. in reference to a baby in severe trauma. An MRI conducted at the hospital found blood in the spine, an indication of shaken baby syndrome. The baby was listed in critical condition.

The baby’s mother told police 24-year-old Braxton M. Gray was watching the baby that morning while she was at work. When she arrived home around 10:30 a.m., she says Gray began telling her the baby was having trouble breathing and that he performed CPR. She then took the baby to the hospital.

Court documents indicate, Gray told investigators he went back to bed after his girlfriend left for work and woke up around 9:00 a.m. to the baby fussing. Gray said he prepared a bottle and fell asleep while feeding the baby. When he woke up, he said the baby was limp and had stopped breathing. He couldn’t find a heartbeat and began CPR. According to the affidavit, Gray said he did not have a phone and did not ask neighbors for help because they did not like him. 

All of the medical records were submitted to Riley Children’s Hospital Child Protection Unit for review. In the affidavit, the unit says none of the injuries described by the mother or Gray were possible causes for the baby’s injuries and the findings are “highly concerning for abusive head trauma.”

Gray was arrested and charged Monday with neglect of a dependent and domestic battery. His next hearing will be April 8. 

Both Gray and the baby’s mother have denied injuring the baby. 

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