Man Accused Of "Flinging" Baby To Floor
A Gouverneur man is facing charges following the death of an infant.
Court documents accuse 22 year old Gary McKenzie of "flinging" the baby to the floor, "causing an inoperable brain injury, along with hemorrhaging in the brain."
State police say they were called to an apartment on Hailesboro Street in Gouverneur around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday and found McKenzie attempting to revive 7 month old Braylin Chambers.
The child was taken to Upstate Medical University in Syracuse where he was place on life support, but was pronounced dead shortly before 5:30 p.m.
Sources tell 7 News that the baby had a depressed skull fracture in addition to numerous bruises on his head.
McKenzie was charged with one count of reckless assault of a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Additional charges could be filed pending autopsy results, officials said.
McKenzie was arraigned in Gouverneur Town Court and sent to St. Lawrence County Jail on $50,000 bail.
According to court documents, McKenzie told state police he accidentally dropped the child on his head.
He said the baby was limp when he picked him up.
McKenzie told police the child stopped breathing so he began performing CPR.
He said he was able to revive the baby, who gasped for air.
McKenzie told police that's when he called 911.
According to court documents, McKenzie was watching the infant while the baby's mother and McKenzie's fiancee, Savanna Goble, was at work.
At the hospital, the baby's mother was questioned about the bruises on the child.
Troopers said the mother told them the child fell down stairs three or four days earlier.
McKenzie is a Fort Drum soldier who moved to Gouverneur a month ago from Ohio.
Troopers say the investigation is continuing.
An autopsy was performed Wednesday at the Onondaga County medical examiner's office in Syracuse.
State police said the results may not be released for a couple of days.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, Watertown, NY
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