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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Trial to start in shaken-baby case

FRAMINGHAM

Jury selection began today in the murder trial of a Framingham man charged in the 2004 shaken-baby death of his infant son, the Middlesex District Attorney's office said.

On Feb. 19, 2004, police responded to a call of an unresponsive baby and found 2-month-old William Christian III. He was rushed to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, where doctors found multiple fractures and brain swelling. The next day, William Christian Jr., 23, was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury.

Following the infant's death on Feb. 26, the medical examiner attributed the death to shaken-baby syndrome and ruled it a homicide. The charge against Christian was upgraded to murder. The infant was the ninth victim of the syndrome in as many months.

-- Sarah Kneezle

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