Watertown Man Accused Of Seriously Injuring Infant

Watertown Man Accused Of Seriously Injuring Infant

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A Watertown man is accused of shaking a 9 month old child, causing serious injuries.

Watertown police say 35 year old William Kuhaneck "created a grave risk of death" by shaking the baby and causing internal injuries, including brain bleed.

The unresponsive child, who had stopped breathing, was taken by ambulance from 821 Water Street, where Kuhaneck lives, to Samaritan Medical Center Monday afternoon.

Hospital staff called a child abuse hotline to police about possible child endangerment.

"During the night we interviewed several people and early Tuesday morning we arrested the person responsible," said Detective Lieutenant Joseph Donoghue, Watertown Police Department.  

The child was airlifted to Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where the baby was listed in fair condition Wednesday morning.

"The suspect shook the baby and did so in a reckless way he caused  grave risk of death to the child," said Donoghue. 

Kuhaneck was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault. He was arraigned in city court and jailed on $30,000 bail or $60,000 bond.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call them at 315-782-2233.

Editor's Note: Police originally spelled Kuhaneck as Kuhaleck.

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