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Cheektowaga man pleads guilty to shaking friend’s infant

A Cheektowaga man faces up to seven years in prison after he admitted violently shaking and injuring a friend’s infant while baby-sitting the boy last year at his home.

James Brown, 25, of Trent Square, pleaded guilty last month to reckless assault of a child in connection with the attack Dec. 5, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Prosecutors said Brown shook the 5-month-old baby for at least 10 minutes. The boy suffered bleeding in the brain and both eyes and lapsed into unconsciousness.

When the boy’s mother arrived to pick him up, she noticed that something was wrong with him, although Brown didn’t tell her about any problems, prosecutors said. The boy was taken to Women and Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome.

Brown will be sentenced May 15 by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case.

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