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Toddler making progress after suffering from shaken baby syndrome, doctors say

Beacon Journal staff report

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A 2-year-old boy believed to be a victim of shaken baby syndrome is fighting to regain his brain functions.

Aiden Wener’s mother, Rhiannon Barnett, said the child was diagnosed with the syndrome following an MRI, according to Beacon Journal news partner WEWS.

Barnett said doctors removed part of her son’s skull to relieve swelling of his brain. His condition has been upgraded from critical and he’s been taken out of the intensive care unit and is now on the therapy floor, Barnett told the Cleveland television station.

The child has been at Akron Children’s Hospital for about two weeks for injuries to his head, upper torso and back. Police said he was injured by Barnett’s then boyfriend, Kurtis Mathes, 23.

Police and paramedics responded to an emergency call in the 500 block of Johnston Court at about 7 p.m. Jan. 30 and found the child unresponsive.

Mathes, who was arrested by detectives at the scene, told authorities the child fell down the steps, WEWS reported. Barnett was at work at the time of the alleged assault.

Mathes is currently in Summit County Jail on charges of felonious assault and felony child endangering.

Read the full WEWS report here.


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