Man Arrested In Shaking Of Infant Son, Causing Irreparable Brain Damage
RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CBSLA.com) — A San Bernardino County man Tuesday was being held on $2 million bail for causing severe injury to his infant son’s brain that left the child in a comatose state.
Weifang Tang, 32, was arrested Aug. 7 on suspicion of child abuse with great bodily injury resulting in a comatose state, paralysis of a child under 8, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.
Tang and the child’s mother, who came to America from China to give birth to the victim, brought the 2-month-old to the hospital Aug. 3 after he began experiencing unexplained seizures, vomiting and uncontrollable limb movement.
The baby was then moved the pediatric intensive-care unit of Loma Linda University Children’s Medical Center.
“Further examination and testing revealed the infant had suffered a traumatic brain injury, causing blood to pool in the brain cavity depriving the infant of oxygen needed to sustain brain life,” detective David Clifford said.
Through an investigation, detectives determined that the baby suffered from shaken-baby syndrome on two occasions.
Officials say Tang delayed taking the boy to a hospital for two days.
“Due to the lack of immediate treatment, the victim also suffered from oxygen deprivation causing irreparable damage to his brain,” Clifford said.
The long-term effects of his injuries remains unknown.
Tang was booked at the Central Detention Center and was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.