Police: Rotterdam father shook baby, infant hospitalized

Police report does not list prognosis for injured infant

ROTTERDAM — A man is facing charges after he injured his 2-month-old son by shaking him, then failed to get medical attention for him or tell medical personnel what happened, police said.

The baby was admitted to Albany Medical Center with brain injuries and fractured ribs, police said. He remained in critical, but stable condition on Tuesday.

Tristan D. Tinney, 21, of Phillip Street, faces one count each of first-degree assault and reckless assault of a child, both felonies.

He is accused of shaking the infant at around 7 p.m. on Saturday. The baby went untreated for the next 18 hours, despite showing symptoms of injury, police said. It wasn’t until midday Sunday, after the child’s mother saw the baby having a seizure, that the boy got medical attention. She took the baby to Ellis Hospital. Doctors there then sent the infant on to Albany Medical Center.

The investigation began Monday, the day the boy turned 2-months-old, after police were alerted by Child Protective Services, after doctors determined the injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome, police said.

Investigators then determined when the baby’s injuries happened and that Tinney was watching the child and intentionally caused the injuries, Rotterdam Police Lt. William Male said. There were no witnesses. The investigation was ongoing.

Police have a theory about what prompted Tinney to injure the baby, Male said, but he would not disclose what, if anything, Tinney told police.

“He was cooperative, and we believe it was an intentional act,” Male said.

The first-degree assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. Police based that charge on injuries and the delay in getting treatment for the infant, according to court documents.

Tinney’s Facebook page includes several pictures of the boy posted or shared since the baby’s February birth. 

“Some more pictures of my little man,” a March 30 Tinney post states. “He’s such a cutey.”

It was too early, as of Tuesday, to give a prognosis for the infant, Male said.

Doctors were working to control his seizures, Male said. Detectives had just left the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

“We’ll know more about the baby’s condition in the next couple of days,” he said.

Tinney was arraigned and ordered held on $50,000 bail.

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