Lowell Father Charged with Shaking Baby

December 6, 2018 GMT

LOWELL -- A 3-month-old boy is being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital with serious injuries after he was shaken by his father inside a Centralville neighborhood home Friday, authorities say.

Pedro Santiago, 27, of Lowell, was arraigned in Lowell District Court on Tuesday for the alleged crime, according to a press release issued by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Santiago, charged with assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury, is accused of shaking his 3-month-old at his West Third Street home last Friday, the release states.

The father contacted police around 9:30 p.m. Friday to report his infant son acting unusual and experiencing difficulty breathing. The baby and father were alone at the home, according to the release.


The infant was initially transported to Lowell General Hospital and then flown to Boston Children’s Hospital.

Santiago was arrested on Monday, and arraigned in Lowell District Court on Tuesday.

Judge Michael Brooks set bail at $500 cash and ordered Santiago to comply with a Department of Children and Families service plan. Santiago was also ordered to stay away from his children and be placed on a GPS monitoring bracelet.

The investigation is continuing, the release states.

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