Attorney questions medical records in Raleigh shaken baby case
Posted November 12, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — The defense attorney for a man accused of shaking a baby to the point that she suffered brain damage is calling into question the accusation, saying medical records in the case are not clear.
Raleigh police arrested Elliott Douglas Craig, 25, of 818 Chatham Lane, Monday on a felony count of intentional child abuse stemming from an Oct. 10 incident involving his 3-month-old daughter.
During Craig's first court appearance Wednesday afternoon, attorney Nathan McKinney said the child had a traumatic birth and was in her mother's birth canal for a long time before delivery.
Medical records, he said, also show the baby had no injury to the neck, which is usually indicative of abuse.
"The baby is doing well, is home and has made good progress," McKinney told District Judge Jennifer Knox in a bid to have Craig's bond reduced from $500,000.
Wake County Assistant District Attorney Meredith Parris told Knox that Craig was the only person who handled the baby, who had "significant swelling" and "substantial" hemorrhaging to the brain. There was also evidence of an earlier hemorrhage that was healing.
Craig told authorities, Parris added, that he went to check on the baby because she was crying and was getting ready to change her diaper when she went limp.
He told a doctor, Parris said, that he "perhaps" shook her while he was running around.
Knox kept Craig's bond at $500,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 3.