Father accused of shaking baby, causing brain bleed

ALDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) — 28-year-old Joseph Jurek was arrested in Alden by New York State Police Tuesday. Investigators say Jurek shook his 4-month-old son, causing bilateral subdural hemorrhages, or brain bleeds.

State troopers arrived at a home on Exchange Street Jan. 7 on a report of a baby who had fallen out of his father’s arms into a bassinet.

“This is something that wouldn’t be an action of falling back into a bassinet from somebody’s hands. This is more of an extensive trauma,” says Trooper Jim O’Callaghan of New York State Police.

The infant was taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo and has since been released to a family member.

Jurek was arraigned in the Village of Alden Court on several charges including Assault in the First Degree, Reckless Assault of a Child, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

“What started on Jan. 7 from that initial medical call developed into basically a couple day long investigation. We had to get reports from the doctor to see if that criteria or that trauma is possibly Shaken Baby Syndrome,” O’Callaghan tells News 4.

Troopers found approximately 13 ounces of marijuana in the home Jan. 7; Jurek was immediately charged for Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the Third Degree, his other charges were filed Tuesday.

The 28-year-old was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $25,000 bail.

News 4 reached out to the infant’s mother, who declined to comment.

Back in October, Jurek was arrested after Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies found four pounds of marijuana and $3,800 at his residence.

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