Caretaker Charged After Boy Dies of ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’

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CT Dept. of Correction

The caretaker of a 14-month-old baby has been charged with manslaughter in the boy's death.

Keith Frost, 29, was arrested Friday on first-degree manslaughter charges in the death of the toddler, who was found unresponsive at the Econo Lodge Inn and Suites in December.  

Frost was the boyfriend of the baby's mother.  The mother, who has not been named, was at work for most of the day and left her son in Frost's care, according to the arrest affidavit.

The baby was not breathing and was rushed to the Middlesex Medical Center Shoreline Clinic and then transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital on December 19. The baby had a fractured skull, bleeding behind his eyes a broken eye socket and was suffering from brain damage, according to doctors.  They concluded the boy was a victim of shaken baby syndrome.  He was taken off life support and died on December 20.

Frost was arrested in the days following the child's death on charges related to a robbery in New York. He has been in custody in Connecticut since then.

"Today law enforcement speaks for an innocent victim who sadly no longer has a voice," Old Saybrook Police Chief Michael Spera said on Friday.

Frost is being held on $150,000 bond.

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