Saginaw man does not argue in shaken baby case
SAGINAW, MI – Originally sentenced to life in prison, a man from Saginaw accused of shaking a baby pleaded for a less serious charge.
Waylon G. Bebout, 23, appeared on October 23 via Zoom before Saginaw County Circuit Judge Manvel Trice III and did not argue any challenge against one count of second-degree child abuse. The charge carries a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
In return for his plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss a count of first-degree child abuse, punishable by life imprisonment.
By pleading without question as opposed to guilty, Bebout did not admit to having committed a crime. Trice then had to rely on other documents to enter a conviction into the file.
The case against Bebout goes back more than two years.
In September 2018, a mother took her one-year-old daughter to the emergency room at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw. The infant was suffering from seizure-like symptoms, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors believed the injuries were caused by the child being shaken.
The police began to investigate and developed Bebout, the mother’s boyfriend at the time, as a suspect.
“Babies have very weak neck muscles that cannot fully support their proportionately large head,” says the American Association of Neurological Surgeons on his website. “Strong shaking causes the baby’s head to move violently, causing severe and sometimes fatal brain damage.”
Judge Trice is due to sentence Bebout at 1:30 p.m. on December 11.