Tonawanda News

January 11, 2013

Man charged in suspected baby shaking

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — LOCKPORT

Man charged

in suspected

baby shaking 

A 26-year-old Lockport man has been charged in a suspected case of “shaken baby syndrome,” New York State Police said.

Kenneth S. Lathrop Jr., of Ruhlman Road, was charged Wednesday with a felony count of assault and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Troopers said they were contacted by Niagara County Child Protective Services and told that a child, less than a year old, was being treated at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for injuries consistent with the syndrome, in which a child suffers brain injuries from being shaken violently.

Lathrop was caring for the child at the time the injuries were suffered, troopers said. Information about the relationship between Lathrop and the child was not disclosed.

Following arraignment before Lockport Town Justice Leonard Tilney on Wednesday night, Lathrop was sent to the Niagara County Jail where he’s being held in lieu of $5,000 bail. 

He appeared in city court Thursday for an attorney appearance and will return today to file an application for a public defender.