"Ultimately, these cases can cause an infant's death," said Deputy Chief of Jackson Police John Holda. Which is why this investigation, it it's early stages, is being taken so seriously by police.
The 3-month-old baby was originally taken to Allegiance hospital in Jackson by his mother on Thursday because of an upset stomach, but was transferred to U of M Hospital on Saturday. That's where yesterday, those doctors called DHS, who then called police; now investigating a possible case of shaken baby syndrome.
"The child is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries at this point, so we're just going to be interviewing the parents and anybody who had contact with the child prior to last Thursday."
Police say the 21-year-old father is involved in the boy's life, but they still don't know if he was living with him and his 21-year-old mother at the Abbey Villas on Van Buren st; an apartment complex residents say is filled with mostly young families.
"We've had a lot of people move in and a lot of them are young mothers," said Jeanie Johnson, who's lived at Abbey Villas for five years. "The screaming and crying is just unbelievable."
But as loud as the noise has been, they're still shocked to know one of those cries could have been this baby, and that baby is now recovering from injuries he's too young to tell anyone about.
"My prayers are going out to the baby and the mother too. It's just sad, really sad," continued Johnson.
This is a joint investigation by Jackson police and the DHS. The two are still deciding if the baby will be allowed to go back home when he's well enough to leave the hospital, but there's no word yet on when he'll be released.
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