Shaken Baby Conviction

11-14-05 - Jason Andrew Williams, 25, of Denison, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday for one count of Injury to a Child. The sentence handed down by 15th District Court Judge Jim Fallon was pursuant to a guilty plea agreement reached between Williams and the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office.

On June 13, 2004, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Texoma Medical Center upon a report by hospital staff of a 4 ½ month old child which had been brought to the emergency room with internal bleeding in his head. The child was care-flighted to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas in critical condition where doctors diagnosed the child as suffering from what is commonly referred to as “shaken baby syndrome.”

The child had been brought to Texoma Medical Center by his mother, who reported that the child had vomited and become lethargic. The mother had left the child in the care of Williams, the baby’s father. Williams initially denied abusing the child. However, after Grayson County investigator Dick Rodgers arranged for Williams to undergo a polygraph examination, Williams admitted to shaking the child when the child would not stop crying.

The child spent 10 days in Children’s Medical Center and continues to be evaluated for neurological problems.

“This child very nearly was killed,” said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown. “We are fortunate this wasn’t another capital murder case. I think the prison sentence is important for young parents to see the danger in taking your frustrations out on a baby. Everyone gets frustrating when a baby is crying, but there are tragic consequences when you shake a baby, for everyone involved.”

Williams was represented by Sherman attorney Mike Dunn.