Man Accused of Shaking Baby to Calm It Down, Causing Severe Head Trauma

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) According to Scranton Police, Giovani Martoni, 31, of Scranton admitted to investigators that on November 12th of 2019, he shook a 15-month-old baby boy in an attempt to calm him down.

Police say he had originally claimed the baby had fallen down the stairs accidentally. The child was unresponsive. Martoni called 911 and the baby’s mother.

Staff at Geisinger Children’s Hospital told investigators that the injuries were consistent with sudden stopping and starting of the baby’s head, agreeing that it would suggest the baby was shaken.

The baby sustained multiple hemorrhages, among other brain injuries. He is currently recovering. Martoni faces a charge of felony aggravated assault and other related charges.

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