A 5-month-old suburban Lake Worth boy who was hospitalized after being shaken by his father has died, the Palm Beach County medical examiner confirmed Friday.
Ariel Adames died Tuesday, the medical examiner’s office said. A spokeswoman for the office declined to released additional details.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested the baby’s father, Santos A. Adames, 28, of suburban Lake Worth, on April 25 on charges of neglect and cruelty toward a child. Those charges were upgraded Wednesday to homicide.
Adames has entered a plea of not guilty, a spokeswoman for the county clerk’s office said. He was still being held at the county jail late Friday in lieu of a $2 million bond.
Adames and the boy’s mother called 911 after noticing the baby was unresponsive. The parents took him first to Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee. He was then flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach after being diagnosed with a brain bleed.
Adames allegedly told police he dropped the boy on his head when removing him from the bathtub. He said he did not tell either paramedics or hospital personnel that he dropped the boy, according to a sheriff’s probable-cause affidavit.
A pediatric ophthalmologist examined the boy and found massive retinal hemorrhages in both eyes, which is consistent with injuries sustained when a baby is severely shaken. A physician with the county’s Child Protection Team said the boy’s injuries were not caused from the boy being dropped.
Adames allegedly admitted during a third interview with police that he shook the baby.
Staff writer Ana Valdes contributed to this story.