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Man accused of shaking baby; infant hospitalized

A Medford man is in jail on assault charges and his infant daughter is hospitalized in critical condition in what police and doctors call a case of shaken-baby syndrome.

Emergency medical technicians went to an apartment in the 2100 block of Table Rock Road, Medford, about 1:15 p.m. Thursday to treat a baby with breathing problems, Medford police Lt. Mike Moran said. They took the 3-month-old girl to Rogue Valley Medical Center by ambulance.

Doctors discovered the baby had serious head injuries and a fractured rib, so they called police and the Oregon Department of Human Services to investigate for child abuse, Moran said.

Two Medford detectives discovered that Beau Daniel Cochran, 21, and his infant daughter were home alone Thursday afternoon when he called for medical help for the baby, Moran said. The injuries matched what is seen when an angry or impatient parent strongly shakes a child, causing brain damage and other injuries, police said.

Moran said Medford police look into suspected cases of shaken-baby syndrome every few weeks.

— It's all too frequent, he said. We have a handful each year.

Detectives arrested Cochran Thursday on first-degree assault charges and lodged him in Jackson County Jail on &

36;1 million bail. They met with prosecutors Friday and after reviewing the case, determined to pursue a second-degree assault charge, Moran said.