MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Davionte Allen, 22, is charged with one count of first-degree reckless homicide and one count of neglecting a child.
According to a criminal complaint, Allen was left alone with his 3-month-old son for around an hour and a half on Friday, June 12, at a residence near 36th and Sheridan. Milwaukee Police say when the mother went to wake the child, the child was limp and unresponsive. She then rushed him to the hospital.
A CT scan at the hospital showed large bleeding on the brain, consistent with traumatic impact from shaken baby syndrome. The child was found to have hemorrhages “too numerous to count” extended into all layers of the retina. The child also had brain hemorrhage and herniation and damage to the brainstem. The complaint states that the child also had multiple healing rib fractures. The child was taken off life support and died on June 14.
After being arrested and questioned by Milwaukee police detectives, Allen admitted to picking the child up with force and jerking his body without supporting his head.