YAKIMA, Wash. — Bail was set at $1 million Friday for a 22-year-old Yakima man suspected in a shaken-baby case that has left a child on a ventilator at a Seattle hospital.
Daniel Gonzalez Talavera was arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court on charges of first-degree assault of a child and first-degree criminal mistreatment. Prosecutors also filed a charge of felony violation of a protection order.
According to an arrest report, the baby was born prematurely at 27 weeks in August and wasn’t released from Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital until late October.
Investigators said Talavera and the baby’s mother brought the baby to the hospital Monday for an injury they said occurred when the baby fell while home alone with Talavera.
Investigators said doctors at both Memorial and at Children’s Hospital in Seattle diagnosed the child with a subdural hematoma, or hemorrhaging of the brain, and said the injury was not consistent with a fall. The baby cannot breathe without a ventilator.
Doctors also reported evidence of retinal hemorrhaging, a type of eye injury consistent with being shaken, and evidence the baby had leg injuries from partially healed broken bones.
According to investigators, Talavera’s story about how the baby was injured changed from having fallen off a bed to having fallen from a jumper that had been placed on a table.
After the accident, “Daniel stated that he shook (the baby) approximately 4-5 times after the fall because he was not moving,” a detective reported.
Court records show Talavera has a history of domestic violence and was prohibited from having contact with the baby’s mother. Talavera told investigators he had been living with the baby’s mother and took care of the baby while she was at work.
He also has a felony burglary conviction stemming from a break-in at Stanton Academy in 2010, during which Talavera spray-painted on a wall. He was sentenced to 39 days in jail.