After a preliminary hearing, a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles ruled on Friday that there was enough evidence against Monica Rezonable to support criminal charges related to accusations of shaken baby syndrome.
The charges stem from an incident in 2013 when Calin Samora was found limp, gasping for air, and displayed other symptoms consist with abusive head trauma while in Ms. Rezonable’s care. Calin suffered permanent physical and mental harm, and is partially blind.
The government has charged Ms. Rezonable with felony child abuse and assault likely to inflict great bodily harm. Prosecutors accuse Ms. Rezonable of assaulting a 3-month-old infant in her care.
The preliminary hearing lasted over three days and each side presented evidence so that Judge Christine Erwell could decide whether the case should proceed.
The defense contends that the injuries suffered by the infant were the result of an accident: Ms. Rezonable slipped and fell while holding the child in her arms. To support its theory, the defense presented an expert witness who testified the child’s injuries were inconsistent with shaken baby syndrome.
After considering all of the evidence, the judge decided that there was sufficient evidence to establish probable cause for the charges against Ms. Rezonable.
Ms. Rezonable is currently scheduled to return to court on October 26 to be arraigned.
Ms. Rezonable, 34, is from Chatsworth.
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