Court docs: Father admits to shaking 4-month-old son who suffered brain injury

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LONGVIEW, Wash. – A 31-year-old is facing first-degree assault charges after police say he shook his infant son earlier this month, causing severe injuries.

The investigation started when a 4-month-old child was taken to Randall Children’s Hospital on February 8 with a traumatic brain injury. Hospital staff contacted Kelso Police as the injury was “typically caused by abusive head trauma” and the child had evidence of previous injuries, police records show.

Police went to interview the baby’s parents at their home in Longview.

According to court documents, Brooks Hamilton admitted he was frustrated with his son’s crying and that he “grabbed [the baby’s] head with one hand and violently shook it back and forth for 2-3 seconds.”

Hamilton said he was alone with the child at the time.

He also admitted to pinching the child’s toes and hands, and to shaking his body to try and stop him from crying on occasions in the past, police officials said.

Hamilton was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on assault of a child – 1st degree. He’s being held on $50,000 bail.

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