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Attorney questions medical records in Raleigh shaken baby case

Posted November 12, 2014

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— 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.


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  • 50s Child Nov 13, 2014

    "...birth canal...."? What's wrong with using the correct word? Is it dirty or shameful?

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Nov 12, 2014

    Not a flight risk

  • Matt Wood Nov 12, 2014
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    Is the guy really a huge flight risk to need a $500K bond? It is suspect that the baby doesn't have any neck injuries. Being shaken enough to damage the brain would also damage the neck, as noted in the article, unless he was holding the baby in a supportive manner but also shaking it, which wouldn't really make sense. It's also quite possible that the baby has a condition that causes brain hemorrhaging - not every hemorrhage is caused by trauma, sometimes they just happen (ever hear of an aneurism? happened to my uncle, once). If he's guilty, of course he should be punished, but it seems like this kid is being railroaded by the mom's family. Innocent until proven guilty, y'all!

  • Claytonmomof2 Nov 12, 2014

    Nice try, but no.....

    May justice be served. Glad the baby is making progress.

  • Nobody but Carolina Nov 12, 2014

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    Baby is 3 months not 3 years. But a good question anyway.

  • Martha Matthews Nov 12, 2014
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    The baby is only 3 months old, not 3 years old

  • 678devilish Nov 12, 2014

    If the baby had such a medical condition, why was it not discovered at birth and certainly by a year old. Why now at 3 years old?

  • Olenc Native Nov 12, 2014
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    So sad. Young first time parents need better training to know what to expect and how to deal with the frustrations and anxiety that comes with having a newborn.

  • Beth Miller Nov 12, 2014
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    "During Craig's first court appearance Wednesday afternoon, the attorney said the child had a traumatic birth and was in her mother's birth canal for a long time before delivery."

    Ok but at 3 months, shouldn't everything been ok? Would this really have caused swelling at 3 months old? I'm no medical expert, but I'd say no.

  • USMC Vet Nov 12, 2014

    That poor baby.
    I pray she will be ok and will have a fully blessed life.