Police say Alabama man shook child so violently the child’s brain was injured

Published 3:06 pm Monday, March 30, 2020

An Alabama man has been arrested and accused of shaking a child and causing a brain injury, authorities said.

Anthony Stites, 26, was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and torture/willful abuse of a child, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office announced to news outlets Monday.

On Sunday, an investigation determined Stites shook a child, causing seizures and brain trauma, the sheriff’s office said. Additional details surrounding the incident and the victim weren’t immediately released.

Sheriff Matt Gentry said his office has prioritized caring “for those who cannot care and fight from themselves.”

“When someone injures a child there isn’t a punishment severe enough for them to receive,” Gentry said.

It’s unclear whether Stites had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.