Shasta County man arrested on child abuse, attempted murder charges

A Shasta County man was arrested on Wednesday on multiple charges after his child was treated for a suspected brain bleeding injury.

Posted: Mar 29, 2019 3:58 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. -A Shasta County man was arrested on Wednesday on multiple charges after his child was treated for a suspected brain bleeding injury.

At around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Redding police responded to Mercy Medical Center due to reports of a three-month-old infant suffering a suspected brain bleeding injury. 

The child's injury was considered suspicious, according to authorities. 

Authorities conducted interviews with the parent's of the child. They found that statements from the child's father, 22-year-old Ashton Vanzant, were inconsistent with the injuries. 

Vanzant told investigators that he accidentally dropped the child on a piece of furniture and she suffered head injuries. 

However, investigators found suspicious internet searches on Vanzant's phone which contradicted his statement. They found that Vanzant looked up shaken baby syndrome and jail sentences for shaken baby offenders. 

When asked about the internet searches, Vanzant confessed to shaking the baby out of frustration. He said the baby would not stop crying so he shook her in an aggressive manner to silence her. 

The baby had what appeared to be a seizure and Vanzant took her to the medical center, telling the staff a false story. 

Vanzant was arrested and booked into Shasta County Jail on charges of child abuse, attempted murder and great bodily injury inflicted during the commission of a felony. 

Authorities said the child is in stable condition. 

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