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Mother convicted of neglect in injuries to 3-month-old son

November 16, 2018

A Fort Wayne woman was found guilty by a jury Thursday for injuries to her 3-month-old son, who police believe was shaken.

Morgan J. Braun, 22, was charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury in the Dec. 29, 2016, incident. The boy’s father, Eugene Estrada Jr., was sentenced in July to 14 years in prison for the same incident.

Braun’s sentencing is set for Dec. 14.

When the couple took their son to the hospital on Dec. 31, 2016, Estrada reportedly told medical personnel he and the boy had fallen in the shower two days prior. According to court documents, an emergency room doctor determined the baby was in critical condition because of a brain bleed.

During an investigation, an ophthalmologist found hemorrhages behind both eyes, indicating the child had been shaken. The combination of injuries, the ophthalmologist said, could only be caused by the violent, repeated shaking of an infant.

dgong@jg.net

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