TACOMA – Raymon Tyhia, 35, of Tacoma, was charged Wednesday with first-degree assault of a child for allegedly shaking his 7-week-old daughter so violently that he caused brain damage, Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.
On Oct. 3, Tyhia and the baby’s mother argued about dressing the victim, the prosecutor’s office said in a news release. Angry that the baby was crying, the defendant forcefully grabbed the victim by the leg and dragged her towards him, across the couple’s king-sized bed, and forced her into her crib, he said.
The baby continued to cry, so the defendant yanked her out of the crib by her armpit, causing her head to violently bounce back and forth several times. The defendant said the victim stopped crying and appeared to be “out of it” for a few seconds, but then started crying again, the statement said.
“Statements from the mother and the grandmother, along with the injuries, indicate there had been other incidents of violent shaking,” the statement said.
The victim’s mother and the defendant took the child to Mary Bridge Hospital on Oct. 9 because she had not eaten since the day before, and was rolling her eyes and screaming. The victim was diagnosed with brain damage, brain hemorrhage and subdural hematoma. The child remains in the hospital for care and observation.
The defendant was arraigned Wednesday and bail was set at $500,000.