AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police officers are searching for a woman's boyfriend after her newborn received injuries consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. The woman told police she believes her boyfriend may have fled back to Mexico to avoid questioning.
According to an affidavit, Moises Denova Hernandez was the sole caretaker for his girlfriend's child while she was at work on Oct. 3. Police say Hernandez drove to meet his girlfriend at her work with the newborn and the couple's 21-month-old son.
Hernandez is not the biological father of the newborn. The woman told police that Hernandez told her she needed to check on the newborn because the child had vomited earlier in the day.
Police say the woman noticed the newborn was having trouble focusing his eyes, was pale and seemed very lethargic. The couple took the baby to Dell Children's Hospital where the baby underwent an emergency craniotomy to relieve significant swelling on the brain.
Hospital staff reviewed the child's injuries and determined they are consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Investigators went to the couple's apartment a couple of days later to question Hernandez but his girlfriend said that his personal belongings were missing and she believed he may have gone back to Mexico the day after the baby was taken to the hospital.
The newborn remains at the hospital in a medically induced coma. His vitals signs remain "unstable," according to hospital staff.
Hernandez is facing a felony charge of injury to a child.
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