Father charged with abuse of 8-week-old daughter

Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 5:49 p.m. CST; updated 6:25 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 2, 2012

COLUMBIA — An 8-week-old baby was in intensive care Thursday afternoon, police said, and her father was charged with child abuse and second-degree assault.

Jonathan Rainey, 18, was arrested Tuesday after his daughter was admitted to University Hospital, Latisha Stroer, spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department, said.

The infant had been shaken at least three times and suffered bleeding on the brain consistent with blunt-force trauma, according to a probable cause statement. She also had bruising to her left temple and behind her ears and injuries to her chest, according to police.

Rainey told police he was the only person with the baby when the injuries occurred, according to a probable cause statement. He told police that he placed the infant in the middle of a bed and that he shook the baby at least three times to wake her up after she rolled off the bed.

Rainey was in the Boone County Jail on Thursday afternoon with bail set at $30,000.

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