EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSThree-Month-Old Remains In ICU After Police Say Father Admitted To Shaking Her
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Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Oct. 24, 2013 4:40 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 25, 2013 9:06 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A father was in jail Friday evening after police said he admitted to shaking and slamming his infant daughter because she would not stop crying.
The mother spoke out Friday about what police said William Alan Andrews, 35, did to his newborn baby.
"It’s horrible,” Polly Andrew’s. the baby’s mother, said. “Just sad really sad!"
Polly Andrews told police that, Wednesday morning, when she took their other child to daycare, she left her 3-month-old daughter Jayleen with the baby's father.
Polly Andrews said Jayleen was “normal and happy: when she left, but, when she returned, Jayleen was found limp, eyes rolling in the back of her head and tongue going down her throat.
At first, William Andrews denied doing anything wrong, but later admitted to police to shaking and slamming the little girl into a car seat because she “wouldn't stop crying.”
Jayleen in the ICU, but expected to recover.
"Why,” asked Dreama Lilly, the baby’s great grandmother. “Why would he do that to his 3-month-old, who he claims to love?"
Lilly said it's been an unimaginable 48 hours for their family.
"We've got people praying to California and back," she said.
Now that the baby will make it, anger has set in over a father's action and that he originally lied about what happened.
William Andrews is in jail on a $200,000 cash-only bond.
He has a hearing set for Nov. 4.
State Police said a 3-month-old infant sustained severe head trauma in a Cabell County child abuse case.
The girl's father, William Alan Andrews, 35, of Huntington told State Police he shook and slammed his baby girl into her car seat because she would not stop crying. The investigation revealed the severe head trauma the infant suffered resulted in brain bleeds, bruising on the cheeks and retinal hemorrhages, according to a news release from State Police.
State Police said they received a complaint on Wednesday from the Cabell Huntington Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of a possible instance of child abuse. The girl remained in the ICU unit on Friday.
Andrews was charged with child abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian resulting in serious bodily injury. He was arraigned in Cabell County Magistrate Court and was being held in the Western Regional Jail on a $200,000 cash only bond.
A 3-month-old girl remained in the intensive care unit Friday and her father in jail after admitting to shaking and slamming her into her car seat the day before.
William Andrews, 35, told State Police he shook and slammed his baby girl because she would not stop crying. The little girl's mother told troopers she left her daughter “normal and happy” with Andrews.
Several hours later, she returned to find the girl limp, with her eyes rolling in the back of her head and tongue going down her throat.
The child remained in the intensive care unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Andrews is charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. He remained in the Western Regional Jail Friday on a $200,000 cash only bond.
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