Woodbury man charged for assaulting 11-week-old daughter

WOODBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Woodbury man is facing assault and risk of injury charges after police say he hurt his 11-week-old daughter.

According to police, 21-year-old Benjamin Marshall abused the baby back on June 28, 2014. Police arrested Marshall on Mar. 27 and are charging him with first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.

News 8 retrieved court documents which say that Marshall and his girlfriend Rachel Miller brought the baby to St. Mary’s Hospital on June 28. When the couple arrived at the emergency room, the baby was pale and not acting normal.

According to court documents, the doctor at St. Mary’s Hospital listed the baby as critical condition and the child had to be airlifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Doctors say the child had a fractured skull and bleeding in the brain.

Miller told investigators at the hospital that the baby fell off a changing table and Marshall caught the child before it hit the floor. According to police, Marshall admitted that he was distracted by a Snapchat notification he received as the child was falling.

Court documents also show that Marshall Google-searched “Shaken baby Syndrome/abusive head trauma” on his phone four times. When police specifically asked him about those searches, he told them to speak with his lawyer.

Doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital that specialize in child abuse say that the baby’s life-threatening condition was not consistent with Marshall’s explanation of the baby falling from the changing table. Doctors say the baby’s injuries were sustained from multiple mechanisms of injury.

Marshall was released on $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to be back in court on April 6.

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