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Huntington Father Charged with Child Abuse

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Regret, Shame and Sadness.

That’s how a man from Huntington describes what he is feeling after State Police say he put his baby daughter in the hospital as the result of child abuse.

Thursday, troopers arrested and charged William Alan Andrews, 35, with child abuse by a parent or guardian.

They say Andrews admitted losing his temper Wednesday morning when his three month old wouldn't stop crying.

Troopers say that around 7 a.m., Andrews' wife left home to take their other child to school and left her husband to watch the baby. She told troopers the baby either sleeps in her bed or in a car seat with a pillow.

In the criminal complaint, Mrs. Andrews says when returned home she found her daughter limp, her eyes rolling back, and her tongue going down her throat. The couple then immediately took the infant to the emergency room.

State Police say at first, Mr. Andrews told them he couldn’t explain what happened to his daughter. But Thursday afternoon after he was arrested, he confessed to shaking the 3-month-old harder than he should have due to the fact that she would not stop crying. Andrews also told troopers that after shaking her, he “slammed” her back into the car seat.

Not only did Andrews confess to investigators according to the criminal complaint, he also confessed to our camera during his arraignment in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

"It just happened all at once." And then was it instant regret? "More or less, yes."

He also had a message for anyone who feels anger around children.

"My message would be to other folks who start to lose it, is try to go seek help to keep from losing it to hurt other people," said Andrews.

"It's not the norm. And that's why we can't wrap our head around why these individuals do what they do. And that's what makes it tough. It's just mentally exhausting, and hoping tomorrow's a better day,” said Trooper Will Hash."

State Police say the baby had brain bleeds, bruising on the cheeks and retinal hemorrhages. She is currently in fair condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Andrews is being held in the Western Regional jail on a $200,000 cash only bond.

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