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November 2, 2011

Police: Peabody dad shook newborn

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But on Monday, while speaking to DCF investigators, Elias admitted that he had been rougher with the baby than he had initially claimed.

He said that on the 19th, he had grown "frustrated" when the child soiled a fresh diaper, leading him to shake her on the changing table, according to the report.

And then 10 days later, on Saturday night, he admitted that while drinking beer and "trying" to play on his Xbox game console, the baby's crying was bothering him. He told investigators that he shook and then head-butted the baby. Afterward, her head felt soft, "like a pillow or a sponge," he said. After that, the baby had seizures for about four hours before she was taken to the hospital.

Elias was arrested Monday afternoon.

The motion to have Elias held without bail was filed by prosecutor Kate MacDougall, who oversees all child abuse and family crimes cases for the Essex County district attorney, and was granted by Judge Richard Mori.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis may be reached at 978-338-2521 or jmanganis@salemnews.com.

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