UPDATE (8/2/2021 10:30 a.m.):
MOUNT CLARE, W.Va. — The victim of a “shaken baby” incident has died as a result of his injuries.
According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Rowan Grayson-Seech, who was 50 days old, died on Saturday at 11 p.m. at Ruby Memorial Hospital as a result of injuries sustained while in the care of Lucian Grayson, 18, of Mount Clare.
Rowan’s body was taken to the chief medical examiner’s office in Charleston for an autopsy to be performed, and based on the information received from the examination, deputies will confer with the Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office to decide if any additional or upgraded charges will be filed, according to the sheriff’s department.
A preliminary hearing is set for Grayson later this week.
ORIGINAL (7/30/2021 9:14 a.m.):
MOUNT CLARE, W.Va. — A man has been charged after an infant suffers an “irreversible brain injury” from injuries “consistent with shaken baby syndrome” while under his care in Harrison County, deputies said.
On July 28, the Harrison County 911 Communications Center received a call of an unresponsive infant at a residence in Mount Clare, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.
During an interview, Lucian Grayson, 18, of Mount Clare, told deputies that “only he and the victim were in the residence,” from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the 911 call, deputies said.
In that same interview, Grayson stated that “he had walked out of the room the victim was sleeping in,” and that when he returned two-five minutes later, he “moved the child to the nursery to change his diaper,” during which time, Grayson “noticed blood coming from the victim’s nose,” according to the complaint.
Lucian told deputies that “he believed a dog had jumped on the bed and injured the child while he was out of the room,” and after another member of the household arrived, Grayson called 911 to report the infant was unresponsive, deputies said.
The infant was transported to UHC, but transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital where it was determined that “the infant has suffered a cardiac arrest and a catastrophic, irreversible brain injury caused by non accidental trauma,” and that the “injuries are consistent with shaken baby syndrome,” according to the complaint.
Deputies stated that Lucian and the infant were the only ones in the residence at the time.
Grayson has been charged with child abuse resulting in serious injury. He is being held in North Central Regional Jail on $50,000 bond.