Man charged with assaulting, shaking 7-week-old daughter

Staff writerOctober 16, 2013 

A Pierce County man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to assaulting and shaking his seven-week-old daughter following an argument with the mother about dressing the baby girl.

Raymon Tyhia, 35, is charged with first-degree child assault, and his bail was set at $500,000.

Lakewood police investigated the alleged Oct. 3 assault, in which prosecutors said the baby suffered brain damage, brain hemorrhage and subdural hematoma.

She was still hospitalized Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Charging papers give this account of the assault:

Tyhia and the baby's mother argued about how long it was taking to dress the infant.

Angry that the baby was crying, he grabbed the child by the leg and drug her toward him, across their bed, and put the baby into her crib.

When she kept crying, Tyhia yanked his daughter from the crib by her armpit, causing her head to bounce back and forth multiple times.

He said the baby then stopped crying and looked "out of it" for a few seconds, then resumed crying.

The mother and Tyhia took the child to the Mary Bridge Children's Hospital Oct. 9, because she was rolling her eyes and screaming, and had not eaten since the day before.

Her injuries, along with statements from the mother and grandmother, indicate other incidents of violent shaking had occurred.


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