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Six-month-old "shaken baby" dies

LANCASTER — A six-month-old boy whose father has been charged with shaking several died Monday, officials said.

Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said Bryce Short died Monday night at Carolinas Medical Center.

An autopsy will be completed Wednesday at the Medical University of South Carolina, Morris said.

Meanwhile, charges have changed for the baby’s father.

Allen William Short, 22, of 2353 Doc Holliday Circle, now faces a homicide by child abuse charge. When officials arrested Short on Dec. 4, they charged him with inflicting great bodily harm upon a child, according to a press release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Short’s charges stem from an incident that happened at his parents’ home before noon on Dec. 3.

According to officials, the child was crying nonstop. Short picked the child up and shook him to get him to stop crying, Lt. Lee Blackmon of the sheriff’s office said.

Short then placed the baby back on a bed and walked out of the room. Short, who provided care for the child throughout the week, returned to the room a few minutes later and found his son unresponsive.

Short then made attempts to revive the child, who was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital. He was later flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was on a ventilator, Morris said.

Bryce Short was diagnosed with “hemorrhages in the retinas of his eyes and subdural hemorrhages of the brain — both are symptoms of shaken baby syndrome,” the press released noted.

When officials interviewed Short, he admitted to shaking the baby several times, authorities said. Short, whose bond was denied, remained in custody today at Lancaster County Detention Center. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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