TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – More charges could be filed against the man who police say shook and spanked a small baby he was watching.
Detectives say their investigation against Ryan Allen,21, is expanding from the one incident they know about to another child.
Tuscumbia Police said they have gotten a good report from doctors at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham on the 2-month-old baby who was allegedly shaken and spanked by a male babysitter for crying.
Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan explained to WHNT News 19, “They have taken it off the ventilator, they have removed the drain tube in the head, and so the baby has actually turned a corner and is improving, which is good news.”
Doctors have said due to the amount of brain swelling the infant had, the severity of the babies injuries may not be known for months or even years down the road.
“It’s sad and it was uncalled for,”said Logan. “It was ridiculous that something like this happened. No child deserves to have this in any shape form or fashion harmed like this baby was.”
Investigators said Ryan Allen confessed to shaking the 2-month-old while watching the infant for his girlfriend.
According to Chief Logan, they are focusing their investigation to another sibling who lived in the home.
“At the time that this incident happened, there was a three year old sibling there with the offender,” stated Logan. “Now we are backtracking in our investigation and doing some things to make sure that 3-year-old has not in any shape, form, or fashion, been harmed.”
Chief Tony Logan said his detectives will follow those leads and see where the case goes from here.
Authorities have charged Ryan Allen with Aggravated Child Abuse.
He remains free on bond from the Colbert County Jail.