Father’s arrest marks second deadly shaken baby case in Boone County this year

LEBANON, Ind. -- A young father is charged with causing the death of his infant son, after he admitted to shaking the boy to try and stop him from crying.

Ronald Robbins II faces multiple felony charges and is being held in the Boone County Jail without bail.

Deputies arrested Robbins Sunday, weeks after the death of his three month old son.

According to court documents, Robbins was alone with the child on a Sunday, as part of a custody agreement with the baby's mother.

"(He) did admit that he, in a rage if you will, was upset the baby was crying and he picked the baby up and kind of shook him," Capt. Mike Beard, with the Boone County Sheriff's Department, said.

After taking the baby to the hospital, doctors found brain damage that fit with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Investigators said that Robbins initially tried to explain it away, saying he might have bumped the boy's head on a swing or on his shoulder, but eventually he "explained that his son was crying and very fussy and he advised that he grabbed him under the armpits and shook him."

Robbins' arrest marks the second case of suspected Shaken Baby Syndrome in Boone County this year, and the third killing of a child.

"It’s been a very deadly year," Beard said. "Three in this year alone, I can’t think (of) probably three in the last ten years."

In particular, Beard said that prevention of cases like Robbins' was important.

"There’s no doubt in my mind that these type of cases ... are cases that could’ve been prevented," Beard said.

Sandy Runkle, with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, said that prevention is vital and can be as simple as reaching out to a parent to make sure they're doing alright and encourage them to ask for help.

"If you feel like you’re getting frustrated, it’s okay to ask for help," Runkle said.

In Robbins' case, despite what Beard said was an admission that he didn't know what to do, he now faces high-level felony charges.

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