Victorville Father Accused of Causing Baby Severe Brain Injury

A 23-year-old Victorville man was set to be arraigned Thursday on charges that he shook his 4-month-old baby so forcefully the infant suffered severe brain injuries, sheriff's officials said.

James Wright, who has been jailed since Monday on $500,000 bail, faces child endangerment charges at Victorville Superior Court, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said.

Wright was caring for the child when he allegedly shook the baby. On Sunday when the infant began having difficulty breathing, Wright and the boy's mother took him to Victor Valley Global Medical Center.

The baby was then transferred to Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, where forensic pediatricians discovered bleeding in his brain and blood clots in the veins leading up to his brain. The injury also caused the child to suffer seizures and a stroke, deputies said.

On Monday, hospital staff contacted the sheriff's department to report the "suspicious" brain injury. Detectives questioned and arrested Wright. His explanation "was not consistent with the injuries" the baby suffered, deputies said in a news release.

The child was admitted into the hospital's intensive care unit.

Contact Us