Father charged with homicide after allegedly shaking baby

Posted at 6:13 PM, Aug 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-28 09:43:12-04

A one-month-old infant died Monday after initially being brought to the hospital after a reported near-drowning. According to booking documents, the baby girl’s father is now being held on aggravated murder charges.

Police say Alejandro Mijail Russell-Torres had initially been charged with child abuse, but has been rebooked on the homicide charge.

Police initially thought it was a case of near drowning, but according to the probable cause statement the responding officer who spoke with Torres said “Alex admitted to me of shaking the baby very hard.”

On Friday the infant was flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center in critical condition.

Torres told police he was bathing the baby in a full-size tub when the child’s head went underwater. He said the baby began coughing and stopped breathing.

Torres is now awaiting formal charges of aggravated murder.