Thursday, November 3, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police have charged a Lawrenceville man with shaking his infant daughter to the point she stopped breathing and had no pulse, authorities said Thursday.
Douglas Atha, 28, is charged with first-degree child cruelty in the Tuesday night incident at his Tall Timber Court residence.
Lawrenceville police responded to the home about 11 p.m. to find the 2-month-old girl on the floor, not breathing. A responding officer wiped spit-up from the baby's mouth and began chest compressions until paramedics arrived.
The child's grandmother told police she'd been folding clothes when Atha began yelling that his daughter wasn't moving. She'd last heard the child cry about 10 to 15 minutes earlier and thought Atha was feeding her a bottle, according to a police report.
The grandmother "went back to the bedroom where (Atha and the child) were both lying on the bed and told me she thought (the child) looked blue," the officer wrote.
The child's aunt carried her to a living room and called 911. While at the scene, the officer received word the child was at Gwinnett Medical Center, had a pulse and was breathing.
According to Atha's arrest warrant, he'd caused the child's injuries by maliciously shaking her.
Atha remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond, pending a court hearing scheduled Nov. 11.