Police Investigate Possible Shaken Baby Case

Police Investigate Possible Shaken Baby Case

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Shelley Osterloh ReportingA father waits to find out if his child will survive while police ask what happened at the little boy's day care. The child is in intensive care with a severe brain injury. Doctors say he was either shaken severely, or received a strong blow to the head. But police have not yet determined where or how the child was hurt.

One-year old Nathan has severe head injury and is barely holding on to life. The Summit County Sheriff's Department is investigating who could have injured this baby.

James Molineux is a single father and painter by trade. He says he dropped his two children off at day care Friday morning at 7:30. By 11:00 he was called to Primary Children's Hospital because the baby was not breathing.

James Molineux, Nathan's Father: "And it progressed to where he is basically brain dead on the right side of his brain is destroyed. And it's tearing me up. That is my baby and he's never going to be the same again. I want him home. I want him with me. He was fine that morning when I dropped him off; he was happy."

Summit County Sheriff's Department is conducting an investigation at a licensed home day care in Park City and the baby's own family. The Division of Child and Family Services, as part of its standard procedure in possible abuse cases, took the baby's older brother, three-year old Jadon.

James Molineux, Nathan's Father: "It’s hard enough without having him and I can't imagine what he's going through."

James and his mother Kathi can only wait at the hospital. They say it’s difficult to be under suspicion while they worry over the Nathan's condition.

Kathi Galvin, Nathan's Grandmother: "He'll either be paralyzed or retarded or something. He won't be Nathan. But I'd like him back any way we can get him. I just want to know who did what or how it happened."

James Molineux, Nathan's Father: "I want my boys home. I want to wake up and find out this is all just a nightmare."

James says doctors told him Saturday the baby may not survive the day. He says his way of dealing with that horrible news was to have a tattoo done his back as a way of keeping his angel with him always.

People at the Day care have not returned our calls.

In the meantime little Nathan is hanging on and the investigation continues. His family has set up a trust fund for him at Zions Bank to help with expenses.

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