FAIRFIELD — A father from Vacaville was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on felony child abuse charges related to his 10-week-old baby girl who suffered four broken ribs and severe brain injury in August 2011.
When paramedics arrived Aug. 19, 2011, at the Marshall Road apartment of Darin J. McGee Jr., he told one of them that if anything happened to the baby it was his fault, according to testimony at McGee’s probable cause hearing.
Paramedics had gone to the apartment after the baby girl started gasping and choking and her eyes rolled up into the back of her head. The baby girl spent the next two days at a Vacaville hospital and then more than two weeks at Children’s Hospital in Oakland.
A doctor from Children’s Hospital testified she did not know how the baby’s injuries occurred but she repeatedly said the only person who knows exactly what trauma the baby girl experienced was the person responsible for the injuries.
After the baby was hospitalized, McGee gave investigators different explanations for how the baby might have been hurt. Perhaps the baby hit her head on his knee, maybe she accidentally struck a dresser in the apartment or maybe she was hurt when he scooped her up off the floor.
Vacaville police arrested McGee in April 2012 after doctors concluded trauma was the only possible cause for the baby’s injuries.
Prosecutor Barry Taira told Judge Donna Stashyn that McGee was the last person to be with the baby before signs of trauma occurred and that the baby’s mother said her baby had been fine earlier that day.
McGee’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Tommy Barrett, ended the hearing by saying that just because his client was with the baby when symptoms arose, did not mean he was responsible for whatever trauma occurred previously. Barrett also raised questions about Rickets, a disease caused by vitamin D deficiency and encephalitis.
Stashyn ordered McGee to return to court Nov. 25 to be arraigned. He has pleaded not guilty.
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