Junction City Dad Sentenced For Shaking Baby

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Fort Riley soldier will spend more than two years behind bars for abusing his infant son.

Jordan Erskine, 21, of Junction City was arrested Monday, February 11, 2013 on a court commitment out of Geary County District Court. He was sentenced to 32 months with the Kansas Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to child abuse.

Officials say Erskine’s three-month-old son arrived at Fort Riley's Irwin Army Hospital on June 9, 2012 with possible seizures and was transferred to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City on June 10, 2012.

According to authorities, examination of the baby revealed intracranial bleeding, bleeding behind both eyes, four broken ribs, a fracture of the elbow and a fracture below the knee.

Erskine confessed to violently shaking the baby and squeezing him around his chest. Although there are a number of different possible explanations for the baby’s injuries, Erskine’s explanation for the injuries was plausible, prosecutors said.

The Geary County Attorney's Office identified Erskine as an infantryman stationed at Fort Riley. He is originally from Texas.

Officials indicated that the infant has since recovered from his injuries.

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