Police: Girl Admitted to Shaking Baby

A 19-year-old girl accused of shaking her 4-month-old faces up to 10 years in prison.


A 19-year-old mother accused of shaking her 4-month-old boy said she did it because she became frustrated with his crying, Naugatuck police said Saturday. 

Emergency services were called on Nov. 1 when another caretaker, who was not the boy's mother, found the baby unresponsive while the mother was at work. A medical crew performed CPR on the boy and brought him to Waterbury Hospital; the boy was later airlifted to Hartford Children’s Medical Center where it was determined he had bleeding on the brain and a fractured leg, police say.

Police conducted an investigation and talked to all people who had watched the baby recently. The mother, Alexandra Valentine of 933 Rubber Ave., admitted to police that she had shaken the baby a week prior; police still do not know how the baby fractured his leg.

Medical personnel determined that the baby had some pre-existing medical conditions but that the injuries went beyond those, said Lt. Bryan Cammarata, Naugatuck police spokesman.

“This is a very unfortunate situation,” he said. “She’s 19 years old, and the reasons she did it are all the reasons you would think a young mother would do something like this. It certainly doesn’t make it right. …It’s no one thing or a couple things that caused this to happen; there are a number of circumstances.”

Cammarata said medical personnel say it is too early to tell whether the baby will have permanent brain damage.

Valentine has been charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child. The most serious charge, first-degree assault, is a Class B felony that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison if the victim is under 10 years old. Read the full statute here.

Lynn November 11, 2012 at 11:12 PM
God bless the poor baby and I hope he gets placed in better hands....
barb November 12, 2012 at 01:44 AM
thats terrible...... how can u even hurt a child, hope shes get whats coming, those woman in prison will take care of her, poor lil guy bein beat and shaken like that ,crazy b
sally perzanowski November 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM
How is the baby as of lately? Poor little guy.
carol debernardis November 13, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Ten years isn't enough, there are to many children being victimized/abused by their caregivers. Women like here should be sterilized..she will get out of jail some day and you could bet she will be pregnant again. Hate to say it but it seems these poor babies are nothing more than a welfare check, so mommy can get her nails done. Sorry If I sound crude but I'm sick of poor babies and children being abused. Everyone should pray for his recovery and hope for a better life for him!
Snoopy November 18, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Does anyone know how the baby is doing? Is the mother still out on bond?


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