Police Say Teen Shook Baby Who Died

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Police have arrested a teen-age babysitter who they believe is responsible for shaking a 4-month-old boy who died of brain injuries.

Jaden Lacher, of Alliance, died Tuesday at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Akron of injuries he suffered over the weekend.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, the Summit County medical examiner's office said.

His babysitter, Dale Reed, 15, is charged with felony counts of assault and child endangering.

"We believe the teen is responsible for the severe brain injuries to the child. It is a shaken baby incident," said Alliance police Lt. Scott C. Griffith. "(Police and prosecutors) will meet and decide which charges are now appropriate. They indeed will elevate due to the infant's death."

Reed has been in Stark County Juvenile Attention Center since his arrest Monday, Griffith said.

Jaden was the 13th case of shaken baby syndrome at Children's Hospital this year. The syndrome occurs when a baby is vigorously shaken, which can harm infants' fragile brains, causing eye injuries, brain damage or death.

Jaden's mother, Sarah Lacher, left the baby with Reed when she went to work Saturday. Police believe Reed is Jaden's cousin.

Griffith said Reed told police the baby was crying inconsolably. After realizing Jaden was injured, Reed took him to another family member's house nearby, where the baby was resuscitated, Griffith said. Police learned about Jaden's injuries from a 911 call.

On Tuesday, Reed had a hearing at the juvenile center, where prosecutors asked Family Court officials to try Reed as an adult. No decision was reached.

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