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Dad charged, accused of shaking infant daughter

Richard Jones was in court Friday, charged with shaking his baby daughter. (WSYX/WTTE)

A Columbus dad faced a judge Friday after police say he shook his two-month-old daughter which left her lifeless last month and left neighbors calling 911 for help.

Dad Richard Jones told police he "freaked out" when he discovered his daughter Allison not breathing in the middle of the night when her mother was away. He said he shook the baby to get her to wake up but police maintain it was the shaking that caused her not to respond.

Jones ran out of the house with the infant and his neighbors tried to perform CPR. When Allison was rushed to the hospital, medical staff said the baby suffered severe head trauma and called it abuse.

The baby is out of the hospital after suffering acute bi-lateral subdural hemorrhages, retinal hemorrhages and scattered bruising on her left eye, abdomen and knee. While she's now in foster care, her mother said her baby daughter will remain in a neck brace until November. She wanted to remain nameless but said she stands behind her boyfriend as she does not believe he intentionally meant to hurt their daughter.

The judge set bond in Jones' child endangering case at a $500,000.

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