Matthew Hankins, 19, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of a 7-month-old baby boy.
Authorities say Hankins became frustrated with his live-in girlfriend’s 7-month-old little boy when the child would not stop crying. He went to the baby’s crib, shook the baby’s head until he stopped, gave him a bottle and went back to sleep.
The baby was pronounced dead after being found unconscious the next morning. He had died from a hematoma caused by blunt force trauma.
Why do these assholes think shaking a child’s head is going to make them stop crying? I don’t get it. A baby’s cry – at least to me – isn’t even that annoying, is it?
Hankins smoked some mary-jane and downed 5 Xanax pills before going to bed – hell I’m surprised he wasn’t dead to the world after that. And the details get worse…
It was a little after midnight when the baby started to cry. His mother gave him a bottle and went back to sleep on the sofa in the living room. Hankins said he went outside to smoke and then grew frustrated when he tried to go back to sleep in the bedroom with the baby. He then placed both his hands on each side of the baby’s head, squeezed and proceeded to shake for approximately 5 minutes. He handed the bottle back to the baby and walked away.
The next morning Hankins moved the baby into the living room and placed him on a chair. The child’s Grandmother noticed his pale feet sticking out from the blanket and bruises on his face. She called 911 right away.
Hankins’ first –degree murder charge carries a maximum possible death penalty. He held on a $500,000 bond.
*Thanks go to Bridget for the tip!