Beckley man arrested in shaken baby case

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A Beckley man is charged with child abuse with injury after he reportedly admitted to hurting an 11-week-old baby because he was ‘aggravated.” 

Raleigh County Deputies arrested Michael Chase Burgess. Court documents state on Saturday, January 19, 2019, Burgess and another family member took the baby to a local hospital because the child was having seizures. 

Doctors said the child was suffering from a head injury, broken ribs and a broken leg. The baby was taken to CAMC and placed on a ventilator. Medical professionals confirmed the child’s injuries were caused from trauma. 

A witness told investigators they saw Burgess violently shake the baby before it started having seizures. Burgess allegedly admitted to slamming the child on the floor because he became aggravated. 

No word on the baby’s condition at this time. Burgess is in jail on a $250,000 bond. 

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