HOUSTON – A Houston dad was arrested after he allegedly shook his 3-month-old son, leaving the infant with severe injuries.
Guillermo Rodriguez, 22, was charged with felony injury to a child.
The baby boy was rushed to Texas Children’s Hospital on September 26 after doctors at a clinic found his head to be swollen.
Doctors at TCH said the baby suffered from bilateral subdural hemorrhages on the brain caused by significant force to the head and a rib fracture. Those injuries, doctors said, were consistent with physical abuse and could have resulted in death.
The baby underwent surgery and had a shunt put into his head to relieve pressure on the brain due to the extreme swelling.
Doctors then began to question the boy’s parents about what happened.
Rodriguez said that more than a month earlier, on August 10, he was downstairs when he heard the baby began to cry, He said he first told his 6-year-old daughter to give the baby a bottle, and when she couldn’t do it, she called him and asked for help.
That is when Rodriguez went upstairs, got the baby out of the crib and shook him, according to court documents. He said after that, the child got quiet and fell asleep.
The mother told investigators she remembered the day the baby was crying and the dad went upstairs. She said she thought something strange had happened because the baby’s face was not red, like it usually was when he cried, and his eyes were very wide. She said the baby was also making unrecognizable sounds.
She said the father told her that “he just got mad.”
Doctors said the baby’s brain trauma was the result of being shaken.
Charges were filed and Rodriguez was jailed with no bond.