COON RAPIDS (WCCO) — A 5-month-old Plymouth baby is in the hospital fighting for its life Wednesday night.
Police were dispatched to the 100 Block of Grouse Street Northwest in Coon Rapids to a call of infant in distress. After an investigation showed that the infant was a victim of child abuse, the babysitter was arrested.
The baby was taken to St. Paul Children’s Hospital where it is listed in critical condition.
According to police, the 29-year-old babysitter admitted to “repeatedly shaking the infant and throwing the child onto a bed until the child became unresponsive.”
Police identified the babysitter as Tami Rose Revering of Coon Rapids. She has not been charged yet.
The incident is being investigated.
Jane Swenson, a pediatric nurse practitioner, tells parents that crying is normal, and so is frustration, but parents should always put their baby in a safe place like a crib or car seat and leave the room for a few minutes and separate yourself from the noise. They should also consider calling for help, like a friend, family or even a doctor.
Swenson says Minnesota state law requires to offer parents a video on Shaken Baby Syndrome when they leave the hospital.
She recommends parents at their breaking point call the Minnesota Crisis Connection at 612-379-6363.