A Kenner man was arrested Thursday and booked on a charge of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile for allegedly shaking his three-month-old son so hard the child’s brain bled.
Anthony Hamilton, 25, of 4221 Florida Avenue, and his wife brought the child to Children’s Hospital at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday because he wasn’t keeping his formula down, Kenner Police spokesman Lt. Brian McGregor said.
Hospital staff diagnosed the brain bleeding and noticed the child had several suspicious wounds that were already healing — a fractured clavicle, more brain bleeding and puncture wounds from fingernails in his skin.
The hospital contacted Kenner Police and they began questioning Hamilton early Thursday morning.
Hamilton, who is the child’s primary caregiver while the mother works, first told investigators that he had lifted the infant’s feet up while changing him earlier that day and saw his eyes roll back into his head. But he said the baby responded when he pinched him, so he didn’t bring him to the hospital.
When confronted by investigators about the extent of the boys injuries, however, Hamilton told investigators “that he may have shaken the infant because he was nervous.”
McGregor said Child Protective Services has joined the investigation, which is ongoing.
The child remains at Children’s Hospital, though his status was unknown Friday evening.
Hamilton is in Jefferson Parish Correctional Center; no bond has been set.
Kenner Police Chief Michael J. Glaser urges anyone with information concerning Anthony Hamilton, to call the Kenner Police Detective Jessica Zuppardo at (504) 712-2410 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
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