A Longview man is accused of first-degree assault after admitting to violently shaking his 4-month-old son on Feb. 8, causing brain injuries that made the child unresponsive, according to a probable cause report from the Kelso Police Department.
Kelso Police Captain Darr Kirk said he believes the child will recover, but he could not provide any specific details.
Police were alerted Feb. 9 by the staff of Randall’s Children Hospital in Portland that the child had subdural hematoma, a condition involving bleeding in the brain, and a hemorrhage in one eye, the report said. Both conditions can be caused by severe head injury.
The boy’s parents, Brianna Everton and Brooks Hamilton, 31, initially denied knowledge of how the injuries occurred, according to the report. However, Hamilton admitted Tuesday that he had shaken the child about two months prior to get him to stop crying, after first trying to pinch his toes and squeeze his hands, the report said.
Hamilton said the child did not show any signs of trauma from that incident, according to the report.
On Feb. 8, he said he again became frustrated when the child would not stop crying after 10 to 15 minutes. He tried to squeeze his hand to quiet the child, but then grabbed the child’s head with one hand and shook him back and forth for 2 to 3 seconds, after which the child became unresponsive, the report continued. Hamilton said he was alone with the child during both incidents.
Hamilton was booked into Cowlitz County Jail for first-degree assault of a child. His bail is set at $50,000.