Man accused of shaking infant daughter, causing brain damage

TACOMA, Wash. -- A 35-year-old father was charged with assault for allegedly violently shaking his infant daughter earlier this month.

Raymon Tyhia was ordered held on $500,000 bail during his arraignment Wednesday for first degree assault of a child.

Prosecutors say that on Oct. 3, Tyhia became angry that the baby was crying as he and the baby's mother argued over dressing the 7-week-old girl. Tyhia grabbed the infant by the leg and drug her toward him, across their king-size bed and forced her into the crib, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a statement announcing the charge against Tyhia.

The infant continued to cry, so Tyhia grabbed her by her armpit, causing her head to violently bounce back and forth several times, prosecutors said.

Tyhia told investigators the baby stopped crying and appeared to be "out of it" for a few seconds, but then started crying again, Lindquist wrote.

Investigators said statements by the baby's mother and grandmother indicated there had previous incidents of shaking the infant.

Six days after the alleged shaking, the mother brought the infant to Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma because the baby hadn't eaten since the previous day, and was rolling her eyes and screaming, prosecutors said. Doctors diagnosed the infant with brain damage and brain hemorrhaging and the infant remains at Mary Bridge for observation.