Mother Shalyn Ewing arrested after her 5-month-old baby dies
Mother Shalyn Ewing arrested after her 5-month-old baby dies

BRPD adds murder charge for mother of 5-month-old baby who died

BATON ROUGE — A mother has been arrested for the second time in connection to the death of her 5-month-old baby.

Shalyn Ewing, 30, of Baton Rouge, was arrested on May 9, 2024 for first degree murder. She was also arrested on April 29, 2024, on charges of second-degree cruelty to juveniles.

Shalyn Ewing, mother arrested after her 5-month-old baby dies
Shalyn Ewing, mother arrested after her 5-month-old baby dies

The incident occurred around 10 a.m. on April 29, 2024, at the Cambridge Apartments on Bob Pettit Blvd., off of Nicholson Dr. Ewing was alone with her toddler son in their apartment at the time.

Since her arrest, Ewing told Baton Rouge Police that she was cleaning the room when the baby rolled over to the edge of the bed, hitting “his head against the wooden bed frame.” She stressed to police that the baby did not fall off the bed but she did hear a “clunk” when he struck his head. Several hours later, at approximately 1:30 p.m., she says that took her son to Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge.

Once there, the hospital staff reported that the baby’s pulse was down to “60 beats a minute, which is low for a child his age” and he had a “dangerously low” body temperature.

After several tests, the hospital staff concluded the baby had “retinal hemorrhaging and bleeding on the brain” and he was diagnosed with Diffuse Axonal Injury, consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Tests also found the bleeding was throughout the baby’s brain and not limited to just one specific area.

The staff also said that both retinas had been detached and the child was listed in critical condition.

His mother was arrested and taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Four days later on May 3, 2024, her 5-month-old baby dies from his injuries. An autopsy revealed the baby died from blunt force injuries to the head and his death has been ruled a homicide, pending further testing.

Ewing posted a $25,000 bond on May 6, 2024. A search of Ewing’s history showed she had no prior arrests.

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