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Area man charged in infant death

A Washington County man is being charged in the death of his infant daughter after he allegedly shook her, causing serious injuries.

Cleve L. Jaycox Jr., 34, of Potosi, is being charged with a class A felony of abuse or neglect of child resulting in death.

According to a probable cause statement, on March 29 Jaycox was taking care of his three month old daughter. At 2:11 p.m. he took her to Washington County Memorial Hospital.

The arrest report said hospital staff reported the baby was breathing and her eyes were closed, but she was unresponsive. Her arms and legs were reportedly limp and there was minimal response from sternal rubs, which is a technique used by medical personnel involving pain stimulus to determine the level of consciousness.

Jaycox told hospital personnel that he found the infant in the “ball pit” in the current condition. The baby was transported to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where her condition deteriorated and her care was redirected to comfort measures.

The baby died on March 30 at 12:43 p.m. An autopsy was performed, which showed the infant died as a result of a closed head injury.

The autopsy report also included a Neuropathology Microscopic examination with the diagnosis of acute subdural hemorrhage, a blood clot due to a vein rupturing when a head suddenly jolts or shakes the brain’ acute subarachnoid hemorrhage, which is bleeding on the brain and causes unconsciousness; mixed pattern of traumatic axonal injury, which is traumatic brain injury and hypoxic axonal injury, which means irreversible brain damage … reportedly too many to count, but she also had extensive retinal hemorrhages, which is bleeding in the eyes as a result of being shaken.

Jaycox was booked into the Washington County Jail on a $150,000 bond, but posted bond, with the stipulation upon release that he is to have no contact with anyone under the age of 17 years old.

Cleve L. Jaycox Jr.

Cleve L. Jaycox Jr.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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