Shaken Baby Syndrome - Mom Arrested


10-19-05 - A Carter County resident was arrested Tuesday for shaking her baby to death.

Laura Ann Renteria, 20, was arrested in Oklahoma City and charged with unreasonable force upon a child. That charge most likely will change since her 3-month-old son died Tuesday afternoon.

The Carter County Sheriff's Department was called in to investigate Sunday night. Renteria first took her son to Mercy Memorial when he stopped breathing.

They Medi-flighted him to OU Medical where a brain scan determined shaken baby syndrome.

According to Renteria's arrest affidavit, she admitted to the crime and to shaking her baby for one minute. She said his crying was just too much for her to handle alone.

The District Attorney plans to meet with investigators Wednesday to determine if Renteria will be charged with manslaughter.

The boy's father is currently serving in the military in Louisiana, and Renteria is in jail with bond set at $1 million.


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