UPDATE: Grand Jury to Hear Case of Father Charged with Abusing Infant Son

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

UPDATE 7/1/14 @ 2:55 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The case of a Huntington man charged with child abuse causing serious injury in an incident involving his 4 ½-month-old son has been sent to a grand jury.

Shawn Graves, 20, was arrested last month. Tuesday morning Graves waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the case.

According to the criminal complaint, the infant was in Graves’ care when he was transported by EMS to a Huntington hospital where the medical staff determined the baby sustained a “non accidental trauma.” A CT scan then revealed a brain bleed.

Graves told police the infant was normal when his mother dropped him off on Saturday.

According to the criminal complaint, Graves admitted to shaking the baby “back and forth causing the child’s unsupported head to jerk back and forward.”

Shayanna Harper is Damarcus Graves’ mom. Harper tells WSAZ.com that it was first time that Shawn had been alone with the baby.

Harper says her son is making improvements and that he survived head surgery.

“He surpassed the 72-hour mark yesterday. So far he's moved a big toe and his head. He is making improvements. He's a fighter. We think he'll pull through," Harper said.

Graves remains in the Western Regional Jail.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/24/14
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington man been charged with child abuse causing serious injury in an incident involving his 4 ½ month old son, according to Huntington Police.

Shawn Graves, 20, was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint the infant was in Graves’ care when he was transported by EMS to a Huntington hospital where the medical staff determined the baby sustained a “non accidental trauma.” A CT scan then revealed a brain bleed.

Graves told police the infant was normal when his mother dropped him off on Saturday.

According to the criminal complaint, Graves admitted to shaking the baby “back and forth causing the child’s unsupported head to jerk back and forward.”

Graves is being held in the Western Regional Jail.


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