UPDATE: Ashland man accused of shaking baby arraigned

Ashland Police say about 5 p.m. on Monday they were called to the Emergency Room at KDMC concerning a life threatening injury to a two-month-old infant.

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ASHLAND, Ky. (WYMT/WSAZ) - Update: 7-2-14

The 20-year-old man arrested for what police say is a case of Shaken Baby Syndrome was in court Wednesday morning.

Joseph W. Blankenship, of Ashland, is charged with Criminal Abuse of a child less than 12 years of age.

Blankenship was arraigned on the charge during a hearing in Boyd District Court.

The judge entered a not guilty plea for Blankenship. His bond was set at $10,000.

Ashland Police says Blankenship admitted to shaking his girlfriend's 2-month-old son while babysitting.

Police said he told them the baby was crying and wouldn't stop.

Investigators said the mother was at work when it happened.

They believe Blankenship has watched the baby before.

On Tuesday, police said the baby was in critical condition.

Blankenship remains in the Boyd County Detention Center.
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A 20-year-old man from Ashland has been arrested for what police say is a case of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Ashland Police say about 5 p.m. on Monday they were called to the Emergency Room at KDMC concerning a life threatening injury to a two-month-old infant.

Police say the infant was suffering from a left subdural hemorrhage (brain bleed), and there was evidence the injury was non-accidental trauma.

The baby was later taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital for further treatment. Police say the baby is in critical condition.

Officers arrested and charged Joseph W. Blankenship with Criminal Abuse of a child less than 12 years of age.

Police say the injury to the baby happened at a home on Reeves Boulevard in Ashland.

They say Blankenship was alone with the infant when the "Abusive Head Trauma," more commonly referred to as "Shaken Baby Syndrome," occurred.

Investigators say Blankenship is the live-in boyfriend of the infant's mother. but is not related to the baby.

Blankenship is being held in the Boyd County Detention Center.


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