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2-month-old in critical condition may have been shaken, official says

A 2-month-old Parkdale Avenue boy remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Women and Children's Hospital late Thursday with internal injuries and swelling on the brain, authorities reported.

The injuries to the baby, named Isaiah, were similar to those incurred by victims of shaken baby syndrome. However, that determination had not been reached by police as of late Thursday night, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman.

"Child Protective Services was called because of both the injuries and things found in the home," DeGeorge said. He declined to elaborate on what evidence was found inside the house.

"We saw certain things, let's leave it at that," he said.

Police became involved in the case after the baby's mother, Randi Henley, 20, brought her son to the hospital.

Henley was at work about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when she received a call from 17-year-old Jahmal Garner who was with the baby at the couple's upper apartment at 202 Parkdale Ave., DeGeorge said. Homicide officials say Garner is the baby's father.

Garner, who just finished his junior year in high school, told Henley that "something was not right with the baby," police said. Henley then rushed home and took Isaiah to the hospital.

Michael Weiner, the commissioner of the Erie County Department of Social Services, said four children were believed to be living in the house. Child Protective Services will interview all of the children, the baby's parents, law enforcement and medical personnel about the incident, he said.

Garner was being interviewed by homicide detectives about the incident. He was not charged, however. Henley was cooperating with police, DeGeorge said.

DeGeorge could only say that "it's a possibility" the baby may have been shaken, causing his injuries. Police were continuing their investigation.

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