Saturday, January 18, 2003

Man charged in death of 3-year-old



The Associated Press

NEWPORT - A man was charged with first-degree manslaughter this week, accused of fatally shaking the 3-year-old daughter of his girlfriend.

John Burton III, 21, was being held in the Campbell County Detention Center. No bail has been set.

Mr. Burton told authorities that he shook Jasmine Robinson until she lost consciousness after he became angry with her Monday, Newport Police Lt. Phil Liles said.

Detective Chris Flowers said Mr. Burton told them he cared for the girl and a 3-month-old of his own in a home he shared with Jasmine's mother, Tricia Hall.

Later that day Jasmine was transferred to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She died at 9:09 p.m. Tuesday - her third birthday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Doctors at Children's said the cause of death was severe head and brain trauma caused by violent shaking.

Shaken baby syndrome is a severe form of head injury that occurs when a child is shaken forcibly enough to cause the brain to bounce against the skull




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