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Chesterfield father jailed for allegedly shaking 5-week-old son

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- A Chesterfield father has been arrested for allegedly shaking and injuring his 5-week-old son earlier this month.

Police said 26-year-old Brandon J. McEnhimer was with his son at his home in the 7700 block of Breaker Point Court when the incident happened on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

CBS 6's Chelsea Rarrick went to McEnhimer's home Wednesday evening. A woman answered the door who said she was the 26-year-old's son. She would not comment on the arrest.

However, Chris Mckenzie said he lives just a few doors down from McEnhimer. He said he would see him at the bus stop regularly with two children, but did not know if they were his children.

"It's just sad. It really is," said McKenzie.

Lt. David Shand with Chesterfield Police said McEnhimer told police his version of what happened, but the story did not add up given the extent of the baby's injuries.

"He told us he stumbled while going down the steps initally, and that he fell," said Lt. Shand.
The child was taken to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. At last check, the child was in stable condition.

McEnhimer was arrested on Jan. 23 and charged with aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of felony child abuse.

McEnhimer is being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail.

Stay with and watch CBS 6 News for updates on this developing story. 


  • sw

    What is it about closing a door and walking away that these parents don’t get. When you feel yourself getting frustrated then leave. It really is that simple.

  • James

    I know this guy personally. He is actually a genuinely decent guy. I don’t know the specifics of why he did or would have done what he did. I know both him and the mother of the child. It’s really wild. Most of the people who know this family are in complete shock. And I am assuming they were referring to his mother as being who answered the door. He was a well liked individual in school. He was a practical joker but always nice to most anybody he encountered. I’m anxious to see where this goes. From what I understand he stated that he fell with the child but failed the lie detector test then admitted to shaking the baby. And faces 15 years in jail. We will see what happens, but I’m glad the little one is okay.

  • Joe John

    “A woman answered the door who said she was the 26-year-old’s son.”

    The reporting on this site is so BAD… Is anyone at WTVR looking at this? Most 4th grade students could do a better job.

    And this is journalism in 2014!

  • cho

    I had met this pos when he would hang out with a girl I knew. He’s nothing more than a drug-using loser who knocks up multiple girls. Jail is the best place for this garbage.

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