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Draper father arrested after baby dies

Published August 28, 2012 8:05 am

Crime • Police say injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
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A Draper father is accused of shaking and killing an infant that was originally reported to have nearly drowned during a bath.

Mijail Alejandro Russell-Torres, 24, was arrested on suspicion of murder Monday, one day after his 1-month-old died, Draper police announced.

Officers were called to 13340 S. Pinnacle Point Way about 2 p.m. Friday on reports that a one-month-old child had drowned while being bathed by Russell-Torres, police wrote in a news statement.

Russell-Torres "was calm when he told me the story and showed no emotion," an officer wrote in documents filed with the Salt Lake County jail.

The infant was flown to Primary Children's Medical Center, where doctors found injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome but no signs of drowning, police wrote.

Russell-Torres admitted to police that he had shaken the baby forward and backward, police wrote. He said he also had shaken the baby on some previous occasion, police wrote.

"He said he realized he hurt the baby once it started showing other signs of illness, which is when he gave the baby a bath," police wrote. "It wasn't until the baby turned cold and was not breathing that the father called 911."

The child died at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, according to jail documents.