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Police: Raleigh man abused 3-month-old, causing brain injury

Posted November 11, 2014

Elliott Douglas Craig, of 818 Chatham Lane, is charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.
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— A 25-year-old Raleigh man was arrested Monday after police say his 3-month-old daughter suffered a brain injury after being shaken.

Elliott Douglas Craig, of 818 Chatham Lane, was jailed under a $500,000 bond on one felony count of intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury stemming from the Oct. 10 crime.

Investigators said the child, who has since been released from the hospital, also suffered retinal damage.

Craig's mother-in-law said Tuesday that she believes he is innocent and that the family believes the child's brain injury happened during childbirth and was never detected.


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  • cindylouwho Nov 12, 2014

    Tragic. Praying for the little girl and her family. This guy is innocent until proven guilty and it is not a time to judge. I pray he didn't do it for everyone's sake.

  • USMC Vet Nov 12, 2014

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    You realize, of course, that we DO know that, but bail bond should still reflect the heinousness of the crime one is accused of committing, if for no other reasons, than to keep others safe from them for a while as they scrape for the money.

    Who's to say this guy won't make bond and be right back in the presence of the wee girl he is accused of maiming again?

    The fact that his MIL is saying she doesn't believe he's guilty, blaming it on the child's birth when at three months of age, she'd have had one or two regular doctor visits and that would probably have been detected were it true would probably mean they'd let him right back with the child again.

  • USMC Vet Nov 12, 2014

    Awww, so you're given a perfect child, and you hurt it to the point where it will have lifelong challenges. I'll never understand that.

    He'll get a few months to maybe a few years, she'll suffer all of her life.

    Prayers for the wee one.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Nov 12, 2014

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    Bond isn't punishment for the crime. It ensures the accused shows up in court.

  • Norman Lewis Nov 12, 2014
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    This form of child abuse is called "Shaken Baby Syndrome" and the listed injuries are consistent with what is usually seen when an infant is picked up and shaken violently. Usual reason given is "he/she wouldn't stop crying". Seen it many times. The "at birth" story has likely been concocted by a lawyer as a smoke screen. Immature parent, crying baby, lack of coping skills, very bad combination.

  • Naysayer Nov 12, 2014

    This makes me so angry, what kind of "human being" would do something like this????

  • Martha Matthews Nov 12, 2014
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    Looks like someone is hoping to get a big payout from a lawsuit against the hospital. Why haven't they reported it if they believe it happened at birth?

  • Brandi Gaenzle Nov 11, 2014
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    Should be higher for injuring a child!!!!

  • Russell Chapman Nov 11, 2014
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  • Roland Kandalbar Nov 11, 2014
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    innocent until proven guilty