TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - A man who told authorities that he accidentally rolled onto a 5-month-old boy while he was sleeping is charged with injury to a child after an autopsy showed the baby had suffered severe head trauma and was shaken.
An arrest warrant was issued for Ryan Christopher King, 25, in the April 9 injury of Wyatt Gilliam. King is the live-in boyfriend of Wyatt's mother. The boy later died from his injuries.
King told the Travis County Sheriff's Office that while the boy's mother had run to the store to buy some milk, he laid down on the bed where Wyatt was asleep. By the time the baby's mother returned to the apartment in the 1800 block of West Wells Branch Parkway, Wyatt had stopped breathing.
When investigators told King that it appeared the baby had been shaken, he said it was likely because he had attempted to wake up the boy.
The arrest warrant affidavit said it appeared that King had been drinking and was under the influence of narcotics at the time.
The baby was taken to the hospital and was declared brain dead. The baby lied died.
The autopsy showed that the boy had been grabbed forcibly under his arms and shaken aggressively. There were hemorrhages in his brain and he suffered a broken arm. There was no evidence of anyone rolling on top of him as he slept, the affidavit says.
Injury to a child is a first-degree felony.
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