AC man charged in shaking of 3-month-old

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PLEASANTVILLE – An Atlantic City man was arrested here Thursday, Dec. 6 and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly shaking a 3-month-old and causing him serious injury, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

Members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crimes Against Children Unit arrested Lavarrel W. Thompson, 26, of the Chelsea Village Apartments in Atlantic City without incident, McClain said.

He was charged with second-degree aggravated assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child in connection with an incident that occurred when the infant was in his care.

Police said Thompson brought an unresponsive baby boy to AtlantiCareRegionalMedicalCenter, City Campus Oct. 25 for treatment.

Doctors determined that the baby’s injuries were caused by head trauma and notified authorities, prompting an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges allege that Thompson shook the infant, causing serious injuries.

He was lodged at the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility in Mays Landing on $100,000 full cash bail set by Superior Court Judge Max A. Baker.

Additionally, Thompson was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

The baby was transferred to Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick for treatment.

Second-degree aggravated assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child each carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and up to $150,000 in fines.

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