Lexington father charged with abusing infant son

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - WKYT is learning more about a Lexington father who is accused of shaking his 8 month old son.

According to court documents, 32-year-old Shawn Wilson has been convicted of several crimes and has been in and out of jail several times in the past 10 years.

An arrest citation states that Wilson admitted to shaking his son in frustration on Tuesday morning when the boy wouldn't stop crying, likely because he was teething.

The 32 year old was arrested on Thursday morning at Lexington Police Headquarters.

The arrest citation states that the boy suffered severe injuries, including retinal hemorrhaging in both eyes and a blood clot on the surface of his brain.

Officers say Wilson stated that he had been under a lot of stress because he had overdue bills and wasn’t able to find a job because of a previous felony conviction.

According to court records, his criminal history started back in 2005 when he was convicted of second-degree burglary and sentenced to 12 months in prison.

In 2008 Wilson was convicted to 12 years in prison on a long list of charges, including burglary.

Court officials tell WKYT that he only served 319 days and then was released from jail after he was granted shock probation.

Court documents show that Wilson was also found guilty of domestic assault and violating emergency protective orders.

We’ve learned from the Department of Corrections that Wilson completed his supervised parole in November of 2014.

The 32 year old is now charged with second-degree criminal abuse and will be arraigned Thursday afternoon.

Police say Wilson's 8 month old son is being treated for head trauma at the pediatric intensive care unit at Kentucky Children's Hospital.

We reached out to Wilson to get his side of the story but he declined our request for a jail interview.

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