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Father charged with felony child abuse

Oct. 25, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A Huntington man is behind bars on a felony child abuse charge after allegedly shaking and then slamming his 3-month-old daughter into her car seat.

According to court documents, William Alan Andrews, 35, confessed to shaking his daughter "harder than he should have" because she wouldn't stop crying and then slammed her into a car seat, causing a bruise to her face.

The incident allegedly happened around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday. Trooper W.G. Hash, West Virginia State Police, said Andrews was alone with the baby at his wife's house in the 100 block of Smith Drive while she took her 3-year-old son to preschool.

The baby, who had been asleep in her car seat, woke up and started crying, which allegedly sent Andrews into a rage.

Andrews' wife came home around 7:45 a.m. to find their daughter unresponsive. Both parents transported the baby to a hospital where a doctor said she had severe trauma to her head and retinal hemorrhaging in both her eyes, both consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Hash said the baby remained in the hospital Thursday night. It is undetermined what longterm injuries she may have. Child protective services have taken custody of the 3-year-old son until the investigation is complete.

Andrews originally denied any involvement in the incident, but before his arraignment at Cabell County Magistrate Court Thursday evening, he said he regretted what he did.

"I'm really sorry," he said, adding that he loves his daughter.

Andrews is charged with felony child abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian leading to serious bodily injury. He is being held on a $200,000 cash only bond in the Western Regional Jail.

He faces up to a $5,000 fine and 10 years in jail if found guilty of the charge.

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