Modesto man arrested on suspicion of shaking, injuring baby

Detectives today arrested a 23-year-old Modesto man suspected of severely shaking and seriously injuring a 14-month-old girl he was watching at his home Tuesday, a police spokesman said.

The girl was at Oakland Children’s Hospital, where she was listed in critical but stable condition this afternoon, said Modesto police Sgt. Rick Armendariz.

He said Isaac Hayes Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment.

Ramirez and his girlfriend share a home with the injured girl’s mother and her two children, which also includes a 2-year old boy.

Armendariz said the mother of the two children was not home when the incident occurred. Ramirez is listed as the care provider for the injured girl and her brother, while their mother is at work.

On Tuesday, Modesto police officers and medics responded to the northwest Modesto home to a report the girl was having a seizure. She was first taken by ambulance to a local hospital before she was transferred to the children’s hospital.

Ramirez initially told authorities the girl was injured as she was playing with her brother.

Armendariz said hospital officials determined the girl had symptoms of shaken baby syndrome. Detectives continued to speak to Ramirez about the circumstances surrounding the girl’s injuries before they arrested him.

He said the girl’s mother and Ramirez’s girlfriend have been cooperative with detectives. The girl’s brother was not injured during the incident.

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