DA: Lowell baby dies from head trauma injuries
LOWELL, Mass. (WHDH) -- The nine-week old infant allegedly assaulted by his father has died, according to the Middlesex district attorney.
The child was pronounced dead at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said Friday.
Christopher Barry, 22, of Lowell, was arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court on charges of assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury. A Lowell District Court judge ordered the defendant held on $500,000 cash bail.
The defendant’s next court date is June 6 for a probable cause hearing.
An autopsy was conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Additional charges against the defendant are possible, depending on the determination of cause and manner of death by the Chief Medical Examiner, according to D.A. Ryan.
According to authorities, on Saturday, May 11, Lowell Police, Lowell Fire and paramedics responded to 215 Mammoth Road in Lowell for an unresponsive two-month-old child.
The infant was brought to Lowell General and transported to Tufts Floating Hospital for Children with injuries that were consistent with non-accidental trauma. The child subsequently died from the extent of his injuries, according to the district attorney.
As a result of an investigation, Barry, the child’s father, was arrested. It is alleged the defendant shook the baby and caused "extensive and catastrophic brain injuries," according to the district attorney.
The case is being investigated by State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Lowell Police.