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Jerome Ortiz Drayton pleads guilty to shaking, injuring young son

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A 20-year-old Washington man has pleaded guilty to shaking and injuring his 4-month-old son this past June.

Jerome Ortiz Drayton, who pleaded guilty to second-degree cruelty to children, faces up to 10 years in prison at his Nov. 29 sentencing.

According to prosecutors, Drayton was watching his son at his Southeast D.C. home on June 16 when he became fussy. Drayton then shook him in an attempt to quiet him down, but the baby quickly stopped crying and became pale. When his son stopped, Drayton said he shook him again in an attempt to revive him.

He admitted to prosecutors that he could not get his son to stop crying and that he was tired, so he began shaking him and telling him to stop crying. He then called 911, and first responders found Drayton's son not breathing and unresponsive.

The boy was taken to Children's National Medical Center and diagnosed with brain injuries, retinal hemorrhages and spine injuries as a result of "vigorous and repetitive shaking." He remains hospitalized more than three months later, but doctors say that he has made signs of recovery.

It is not know, though, what kind of long-term health effects the baby may be facing.

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