Phoenix father Amos Carle Andreas was arrested on one count of second-degree murder and two counts of child abuse for the suspected shaking death of his four-month-old daughter, reports the Associated Press.
Police began investigating the 25-year-old when he brought his daughter to the Phoenix Children's Hospital on July 22, with the girl's mother. Amos Andreas reportedly told police that the infant girl was injured after she fell off his chest while sleeping the night before. Later test results, however, showed that her injuries were more consistent with being shaken.
Andreas then woke up and saw her on the floor. He allegedly admitted to police that he became upset with himself, picked her up, and then shook her twice when he saw the shocked look on her face.
"It was one time," the girl's mother, who asked to remain anonymous, said. "From what I know, it was one time and it caused that much damage to her."
Shaking a baby to death has become common enough to receive its own name: shaken-baby syndrome. It typically occurs when parents get frustrated or upset and shake the baby in anger, usually unaware of the damage it could cause to a baby's fragile neck, spine or brain. However, no behavior justifies shaking a child, and it is considered a form of child abuse that can result in brain injury and death.
The little girl died last Monday from her injuries. Phoenix Amos Andreas father was booked into the Maricopa County Jail for the shaking death of his daughter, and is currently being held on a $207,000 bond.