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Spanaway man arraigned on child assault charge, accused of shaking newborn daughter

A Spanaway man accused of shaking and seriously injuring his newborn daughter was arraigned Wednesday.

Calvin Jerome Taylor, 32, was charged with first-degree child assault.

A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $100,000.

Gary Wallis, Taylor’s attorney, told The News Tribune: “Any injury to the child was unintentional.”

Taylor said he dropped the baby when he tripped, according to court records. Wallis said Taylor is receiving workers’ compensation for an injury to his shoulder, which “is probably related to the accident.”

Charging papers give this account:

Taylor was left alone with the 2-week-old infant and a 2-year-old daughter Oct. 10 while his wife went to work.

After the wife returned home, the baby soon started crying, shaking and was unable to open her eyes.

The mother called 911. Paramedics arrived and told her the baby was OK, but she was still worried, so both parents took the infant to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center.

Doctors found bleeding in the baby’s brain, and Taylor said he’d tripped and dropped the infant, but didn’t say anything sooner, not wanting to upset his wife.

Though Taylor denied it, the hospital said it looked like an injury caused by violent shaking.

About six months later, the girl was acting like a 2- or 3-month-old, and doctors said she’ll probably have effects from the injury as long as she lives.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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