Baby dies after allegedly being shaken by father, police say
6-month-old Pablo Osvaldo Rodriguez dies Friday night
SAN ANTONIO – Pablo Osvaldo Rodriguez, a 6-month-old baby allegedly shaken by his father, died Friday -- six months to the day he was born.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner confirmed that the infant died Friday night. However, staff members are still awaiting the results of an autopsy to pinpoint his exact cause of death.
San Antonio police have arrested his father, Juan Pablo Rodriguez-Lira, 21. According to an arrest affidavit, he admitted to detectives that he violently shook his son last Thursday during a fit of frustration.
The affidavit stated that Rodriguez-Lira said the baby became fussy while his mother was in the shower. When she finished showering, Rodriguez-Lira told her that the baby was vomiting and unresponsive, and she called 911, the affidavit stated.
"We saw a lot of flashing lights and we noticed that the paramedics ran to the ambulance with their about 6-month-old baby,” said Aundrea Barrientos, a neighbor.
While she clung to her own son Monday morning, Barrientos said she couldn’t help but think about what the family of that baby was going through.
"We're so sad to hear that the baby passed away,” she said. “We wanted to pay our condolences to them."
The affidavit stated that once baby Pablo was brought to a hospital, doctors determined he had suffered bleeding in his brain and hemorrhages in both eyes.
Rodriguez-Lira was arrested Sunday night on a charge of injury to a child. A spokeswoman with SAPD said depending on the outcome of the autopsy, that charge could be upgraded, possibly to capital murder.
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