Father charged with almost killing child, deputy credited with saving baby: Sheriff

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A father is accused with almost killing his 57-day =-ld child by shaking it violently and only life-saving efforts by a deputy a paramedic saved it, according t Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Taylor McDaniel arrested 27-year-old Christopher Caldwell, of Corbin, Thursday afternoon n first-degree assault charges stemming from an incident at about non Jan. 18.

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Deputies and the ambulance service were dispatched to a complaint of an unresponsive three-month-old child at a home on Monhollen Drive in southern Laurel County and when deputies arrived, Deputy Allen Turner began CPR on the baby, Root said.

Turner is credited with saving the child, the sheriff said.

The ambulance service worked with the baby, taking it to Baptist Healthcare in Corbin before it was transferred to the UK Medical Center in Lexington where the child continues to receive treatment.

Lexington doctors found a brain bleed on the child. As the investigation continued, the father of the 57-day-old baby was interviewed and admitted he shook the baby in an aggressive manner to make the baby stop crying, Root said.

Assisting on the investigation and arrest for the Laurel County Sheriff’s office were: Laurel County Sheriff John Root, Maj. Chuck Johnson, Sgt. Brett Reeves, Detective Robert Reed, K-9 Deputy Jake Miller, Deputy Jamie Etherton and Deputy Allen Turner. Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Taylor McDaniel is the case officer. Also assisting at the scene was Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County.

Social Services also assisted sheriff’s investigators on the case.