A Moundsville man is in jail on charges of child abuse, child neglect and malicious assault in connection with his 3-month-old baby.
According to a criminal complaint, the child is being treated in a Pittsburgh hospital for brain bleeds and retinal hemorrhages in both eyes.
On April 27, Moundsville police received a 911 call that a 2-month-old baby was having trouble breathing.
When officers arrived on scene, they were told the baby had been taken to the hospital by family members.
At the emergency room, a sergeant spoke with the baby’s father – Randy Hall — who said he had been feeding the baby and went to burp the child when it stopped breathing.
Then on May 9, police received another call from the child’s maternal grandmother, who said she dialed by mistake.
She said the baby was fussy, gassy, and lethargic — and she was taking the child to the hospital.
Five days later, Moundsville police interviewed Hall at the police station.
According to the complaint, Hall admitted to police that he had shaken the baby to calm it down and had done it out of stress — on both occasions.
Hall was arrested and arraigned on Friday. He’s facing charges of child abuse resulting in injury, child neglect resulting in injury and malicious assault.
Hall is being housed at the Northern Regional Jail on $75,000 cash only bond.