Rock Hill Father Charged in Violent Death of Newborn

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CHARLOTTE, NC– A 7-week-old baby girl dies from suspected Shaken Baby Syndrome, a deadly form of abuse Rock Hill Police say was caused by the man taking care of her: her father, 25-year-old Quentin Evans.

According to Rock Hill Police, Evans was watching his infant daughter, Kaidence, at their home on Wright Street in Rock Hill Thursday morning when they responded to a call regarding an unresponsive baby.

When officers arrived at the home, paramedics were already working to resuscitate Kaidence. She was rushed to Piedmont Medical Center where she died a short time later.

According to Executive Officer Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department, the York County Coroner completed an autopsy on the baby Thursday afternoon. He says the findings revealed Kaidence had been severely abused.

“She had bruising, a broken collar bone, and they found some other internal injuries,” says Bollinger.

While it is not clear what exactly caused her injuries, arrest warrants show those injuries were consistent with being shaken violently, or in other words: Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Police reports obtained by WCCB show Quentin Evans is charged with Homicide Child Abuse. He is being held on $10,000 bond.

Rowlins Clark III lives in the same neighborhood as Evans. He says the loss of an infant is a type of tragedy felt by an entire community.

“This is something tragic, unforeseen, and unpredictable,” says Clark, “…We show our regrets and our sympathies for the family.”