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Brandon Township man charged after allegedly shaking 2-month-old baby

Unaware mother said child had seizures

BRANDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. –  A 36-year-old Brandon Township man has been charged with two counts of child abuse after police say he shook his 2-month-old son.

Authorities say James Chance Erin, the father of the infant, told them he shook and attempted CPR on his 2-month-old child when he found the infant unresponsive after he rolled over the infant during a nap.

Police say the mother was at work at the time of the incident and brought the infant in after he started having seizures. 

According to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital, the child sustained injuries consistent with child abuse, and were not consistent with the father's version of events.

Attending physicians said the child had suffered from multiple subdural hematomas, retinal hemorrhages, a fractured tibia, and four broken ribs.

The father was located at his residence and taken into custody without incident and brought to the Brandon Township Substation to be interviewed.

Police say the father initially stuck to his original story before finally admitting to shaking the child after losing his temper when the infant would not stop crying.

Erin’s charges stand as:

Count 1 – First-degree child abuse, which is a felony punishable of any term of years up to life in prison.
Count 2 –Misdemeanor domestic violence, which is punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

He remains in custody at Oakland County Jail on a $250,000 cash bail with no 10 percent provision. He is expected to be arraigned on Aug.15.

The child remains in the intensive care unit at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.