https://www.krem.com/article/news/local/spokane-county/spokane-doctor-says-babys-death-is-worst-case-of-abuse-hes-seen-docs-say/293-622936054Court documents reveal that Erik Sherman, 33. and the mother of the 20-day old infant noticed injuries to their baby but waited days to take him to see a doctor.
According to court documents, the baby’s mother also took four videos of the baby on Aug. 7 before going to the hospital. In the videos, the baby’s eyes are completely dilated, and bruises can be seen on his head and face. He did not appear to be conscious in the video. At one point, the baby appeared to be trying to cry but couldn’t.
On August 7, a baby arrived at the Holy Family Hospital ER not breathing and unresponsive. He had a temperature of 92 degrees and was covered in bruises. The baby’s mother and Sherman brought him to the hospital.
Doctors at Holy Family were able to get the infant to breathe again but they decided he needed to be airlifted from Holy Family to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital due to his life-threatening injuries, according to court documents.
A doctor at Sacred Heart later said the baby had bruising to his face, butt, back, stomach and genitals, along with a massive internal brain injury, according to court documents. After a CT scan was completed, doctors determined that the child had no brain activity. Due to the extent of his injuries, doctors believed there was no chance the child would survive, according to court documents.
Sherman said his son’s head suddenly and unexpectedly rocked forward and hit his shoulder, according to court documents. He then said the force of this caused the child to begin bleeding from his mouth.
Both Sherman and the baby’s mother admitted the baby had not been able to drink from a bottle or breastfeed since the incident. They claimed they would drip milk into the baby’s mouth by holding a bottle over him, according to court documents.
Both parents claimed they thought he was getting enough nourishment, though he was not eating as much as he had been prior to the incident, according to court documents.