Infant suffers broken bones, bleeding from shaking

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Father tells police he did it, jailed on $250,000 cash bail

By Ben Carlson

A Lawrenceburg man is accused of shaking his infant daughter so hard that she suffered rectal bleeding, a brain hemorrhage and multiple broken bones.

Derek Hartley, 26, of 1016 Anderson City Road was arrested Nov. 19 on two charges of first-degree assault. He appeared Monday in Anderson District Court and is currently being held in Frankfort Regional Detention Center on $250,000 cash bail.

Trooper Jeremy Devasher was called to the University of Kentucky Medical Center when a doctor there determined that the 2-month-old child had rectal bleeding, multiple bone fractures and brain hemorrhaging.

Devasher interviewed Hartley at the hospital on Nov. 5. During that time, Devasher reported that Hartley revealed he had “shaken the child for an extended period of time, resulting in the injuries,” according to a report filed in Anderson District Court.

Hartley was interviewed again Nov. 11 at Kentucky State Police Post 12 in Frankfort, where he “admitted to violently shaking the child in a swing for more than a minute, and jerking the baby in a harmful manner” the report says.

Hartley is accused of shaking the then 1-month old on Sept. 27, and again Nov. 1.

Doctors at UK told police that it was apparent that the shakings occurred on separate occasions because the three broken bones were in various states of healing, according to the report.

Hartley is married, according the report, and lives on Anderson City Road with his mother-in-law.

The child is now in the custody of family members, according to a news release from the state police.

Hartley is due to appear Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. in Anderson District Court for a preliminary hearing.

E-mail Ben Carlson at bcarlson@theandersonnews.com.