The father of a 5-month-old boy could face homicide charges for allegedly shaking his infant because he wouldn’t stop crying while he was watching him, officials in Pennsylvania said.
Michael Barber, 29 was already being held for aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person in connection with the child’s death late last summer, KDKA reported.
Shortly after midnight on Aug. 31, the baby, Michael Chanings Barber Jr. was admitted to a hospital in McKeesport in critical condition.
The infant was suffering subdural hemorrhaging, arachnoid hemorrhaging, and cerebral edema, doctors said, according to KDKA.
Barber initially claimed he was holding Michael when he tripped and fell and his baby’s slammed into the floor at their home, police said.
The father then admitted he lost his temper and shook his son because he wouldn’t stop crying, according to police.
The Allegheny County medical examiner has now determined the baby died from abusive head trauma and ruled the death a homicide.