Eunice man accused of child cruelty; infant in intensive care _lowres

Photo provided by ST. LANDRY PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Matthew Marcantel, 22, of Eunice, was booked March 17, 2015, on a count of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after his 4-month-old son was admitted to an intensive care unit with symptoms of shaken baby syndrome. ORG XMIT: pn6z0f8-B2F_0ve9ESfP

A Eunice man arrested this week is accused of injuring his 4-month-old son, who was hospitalized with symptoms of abusive head trauma.

Matthew Marcantel, 22, was booked Tuesday on a count of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after the infant was admitted Saturday to an intensive care unit at a Lafayette hospital, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The neurologist who examined the infant said his brain was bleeding and he suffered trauma to both eyes, said Lt. Clay Higgins, Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The exam “indicated specific symptoms that were consistent with shaken baby syndrome or abusive head trauma,” Higgins said.

Marcantel remained in the St. Landry Parish jail Thursday afternoon on a $40,000 bond, according to booking records.