New York Mills man charged with shaking 2-month-old infantPublished 12:03pm Monday, April 8, 2013
A New York Mills man has been charged with two felonies after he allegedly shook his infant child resulting in a brain injury.
Tyler Jon Fuller, 26, was charged Thursday, April 4 in Otter Tail County District Court with first-degree assault-great bodily harm and third-degree assault-substantial bodily harm.
According to the criminal complaint, Otter Tail County Human Services investigated the March 28 incident after the 2-month-old’s injuries reported by hospital staff appeared to be non-accidental trauma and was not consistent with Fuller’s history of what happened.
Fuller made two 911 calls after the incident and reportedly said, “I was bringing my kid downstairs and I kind of tumbled down the stairs with him, but he landed on me.” The baby’s mother was reportedly at work at the time. Fuller reportedly drove the baby to a hospital in Perham during the second 911 call. The baby was later transported to Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo.
The injuries were consistent with a shaking type of injury, the report says. A CT scan of the head revealed a subdural hematoma and an interhemispheric subdural hematoma with possible subarachnoid hematoma consistent with non-accidental trauma, according to the criminal complaint. Opthamologist records also reportedly indicated multi-layer hemorrhages of the baby’s right eye with some hemorrhaging of the left eye.
Once Fuller was presented with the medical findings, he admitted to New York Mills police that he forcefully shook the baby when he walked back upstairs after the fall, the report says.
Fuller’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 15.