Father to face charges after baby's death Child showed symptoms of shaken-baby syndrome

September 04, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Woodlawn man was charged with murder and child abuse after the death of his infant son was linked to shaken-baby syndrome, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Clarence Jones of the 2300 block of Rogate Circle was being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center yesterday. Bail was denied.

On Aug. 26, Jones took his 9-week-old son, Collin Edette Jones, to Sinai Hospital. Jones told medical personnel that the baby was vomiting and breathing oddly, police said. The doctor who examined the baby ordered a CAT scan, which found severe swelling and bruising in the baby's brain, as well as hemorrhages in the child's eyes -- injuries consistent with shaken-baby syndrome. The doctors could find no sign of external injury to the child.

Jones told police that he had been baby-sitting while the child's mother, Jennifer Lee Crocker, 26, of the same address, was at work.

Jones told police he put the baby in his swing, then lifted weights, according to charging documents. At 5 p.m., the baby began to cry, so Jones fed him, put him in his crib in another room and went to take a shower and a nap. More than an hour later, Jones told police, he awoke and saw the baby spitting up formula and breathing oddly.

The baby died four days later, and an autopsy found that he had died as a result of the injuries detected by the Sinai doctor.

Pub Date: 9/04/98

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