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Murder charge filed in shaken baby case

Published: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 6:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 12:08 a.m. CDT
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Keith Terrell, of the 700 block of North Annie Glidden Road, was arrested early Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery of a child. His bond remains at $1 million until he goes before a judge, which likely will happen Sunday, DeKalb police Lt. Bob Redel said.

DeKALB - The 23-year-old DeKalb man accused of shaking his 6-week-old daughter was charged with murder after the baby died at 7 p.m. Friday, police said.

Keith Terrell, of the 700 block of North Annie Glidden Road, was arrested early Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery of a child. His bond remains at $1 million until he goes before a judge, which likely will happen Sunday, DeKalb police Lt. Bob Redel said.

First-degree murder typically is punishable with between 20 and 60 years in prison.

Terrell gave police several accounts of how the girl was injured, but ultimately told them that he shook her about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, court records show. The baby was crying and having trouble sleeping when he squeezed her tightly around her chest and shook her, court records show.

His daughter was in a Rockford hospital on life support Thursday morning, police said. The girl suffered bleeding on both sides of the brain, as well as along the back, court records show. She also suffered swelling of the brain, retinal hemorrhaging, multiple rib fractures and bruising.

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