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Greenville dad killed 2-month-old baby by shaking him, police say

What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?

The number one reason parents or caregivers shake a baby is because the child is crying. This can cause damage and injury to the child’s brain or spinal cord, so it’s important to understand the dangers of shaken baby syndrome, or SBS.
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The number one reason parents or caregivers shake a baby is because the child is crying. This can cause damage and injury to the child’s brain or spinal cord, so it’s important to understand the dangers of shaken baby syndrome, or SBS.

A 27-year-old Greenville father has been accused of killing his two-month-old son, who died Sunday at a St. Louis area hospital from injuries he suffered on Friday.

James A. Hickman is charged with two counts of first degree murder and was being held on $2 million cash bond at the Bond County Jail on Tuesday morning.

The Bond County State’s Attorney filed charges on Tuesday morning.

Charges against Hickman say that the man shook the baby knowing that such an act would create “a strong probability of death.”

The Donnell Wiegand Funeral Home has arrangements for the baby pending, they said. The baby was born Sept. 15.

Reporter Mary Cooley follows the crimes and court goings-on in the metro-east; she has a special affinity for the oddities that make life in Southern Illinois interesting. Mary has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and previously worked as a copy editor at newspapers in the Southeast.

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