William Echard II
, 27, has been charged with child abuse by a parent or guardian resulting in death
Twenty-two year old Amber Messenger
, the child's mother, is being charged with knowingly allowing child abuse resulting in death, a felony.
Messenger was arrested early Tuesday morning, deputies said.
According to the criminal complaint, Echard took the infant and shook it by holding her under her arms and allowing the baby's head to shake back and forth
. This was done with such violence that the child's retinas became detached and the child's brain was damaged and began to swell
, the complaint states.
It also says: because of this incident of abuse and prior incidents where the child was dropped on its head with such force to crush its skull
, the child was admitted to United Hospital Center in Clarksburg on July 16th.
Amber Messenger allegedly observed the abuse but did not attempt to stop it and never called for help
, police said.
She went back to bed on July 16th and was awaken by the grandmother telling them that the baby wasn't breathing properly, the complaint says.
The baby was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital where she died on Monday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., deputies said.
Echard was originally charged with three counts of child abuse resulting in bodily injury.
Those charges were upgraded after the baby passed away,