By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor
Clovis police are investigating the Friday death of a Clovis infant as child abuse, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department.
Detective Tony Bosque said a suspect has agreed to speak with police today about the incident. The 41-year-old suspect — who maintains his innocence — is the boyfriend of the child’s mother, Bosque said.
Police have not released the name of the child, who died from injuries sustained by shaken baby syndrome, police said.
“The death wasn’t the cause of any fall or anything like that,” Bosque said. “The suspect is just wanted for questioning. He said he’s going to tell me everything and hopefully he keeps his word. He says he’s innocent to any wrongdoing to the child and that’s why he has agreed to turn himself in.”
Bosque said the child’s mother and other witnesses have said the suspect abused the child the day he was transported to the hospital.
Clovis police received a possible child abuse report from Plains Regional Medical Center on Oct. 12 after the child had been brought into the emergency room, the release said. The child was later flown to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, where he died from the injuries he sustained, the release said.
Bosque said the incident occurred at the Value Inn hotel at 1720 Mabry Drive, and the suspect was staying there to evade police.
The suspect has warrants for his arrest on charges that include escape from police custody, distribution of a controlled substance and an assault charge in California, Bosque said.
The News Journal is not releasing the man’s name because he has not been charged in the child’s death.
Shaken baby syndrome is a severe form of head injury that occurs when a baby is shaken forcibly enough to cause the baby’s brain to bounce against his or her skull, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Web site. This rebounding may cause bruising, swelling, and bleeding (intracerebral hemorrhage) of the brain, which may lead to permanent, severe brain damage or death. The condition is usually the result of non-accidental trauma or child abuse, according to the Web site.