18-Year-Old Charged With Fracturing 5-Month-Old's Skull Because She Wouldn't Stop Crying - NBC Southern California

18-Year-Old Charged With Fracturing 5-Month-Old's Skull Because She Wouldn't Stop Crying

The condition of the baby is not currently known.

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    18-Year-Old Charged With Fracturing 5-Month-Old's Skull Because She Wouldn't Stop Crying

    What to Know

    • The 18-year-old man fractured the baby's skull because she would not stop crying.

    • The man and the baby were relatives.

    • The condition of the baby is unknown.

    An 18-year-old man was charged Tuesday with fracturing the skull of a 5-month-old relative because she would not stop crying.

    Luis Mercedes Baeza made his initial court appearance on a felony count of child abuse and endangerment, with a sentence enhancing allegation of causing great bodily injury, but did not enter a plea. His arraignment was rescheduled to Nov. 16, according to court records.

    Baeza allegedly shook the infant last Thursday when she would not stop crying and in the process struck her head on a metal head board, fracturing her skull, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

    The relationship between the two wasn't immediately clear, beyond the two being related. 

    The baby's current condition was not immediately known.

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