Batavia man accused of shaking baby speaks out

Posted at: 09/26/2012 9:05 PM
Updated at: 09/28/2012 1:41 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

A Batavia man is speaking out after police accused him of shaking a nine-month-old baby. He’s not the only one that’s upset about the charges. The mother of the baby is also speaking out, saying her boyfriend is innocent.

Police charged 24-year-old Randy Johnson with one count of reckless assault of a child Wednesday night. They say he shook the baby on several occasions, causing brain injuries.

Heather Loper, baby’s mother, said, “I don't know how to feel to be honest with you. Any mother is going to feel the same way.”

Heather Loper couldn’t fight back her tears, thinking about her injured baby boy.

Loper said, “He had a seizure. We took him to an emergency room. They said he had shaken baby syndrome. Now we’re going through all this.”

And now she has to think about her boyfriend too. Police say Randy Johnson shook the nine-month-old baby several times within the last few weeks.

Detective Kevin Czora, Batavia Police, said, “He had several hematomas on the brain as well as bleeding behind the eyes.”

But Loper says that’s far from the truth. She believes the injuries stem from previous conditions.

Loper said, “He was born premature. He was in the hospital for four months. He’s had lung conditions, severe pneumonia and some head trauma.”

Johnson was charged with reckless assault with a child Wednesday night. He says the charges are ridiculous.

Johnson said, “I never intentionally hurt my stepson. All I did was play with him.”

Johnson says the accusations are shocking.

Johnson said, “They took me into the court and they couldn't even tell me with a straight faced answer what was going to happen.”

Johnson’s mother is also upset with the charges.

Elizabeth Roman said, “I'm very upset because that's not my child. That’s not my son. I didn't raise my kids like that no.”

The couple says they are ready to fight the charges together and hope the baby will be home soon and back in their arms.

Johnson said, “I hope they can see that I'm innocent playing with my son. I didn't mean to cause injuries to him. I didn't know he was going to get hurt with me playing with him.”

Randy Johnson took a lie detector test to prove his innocence. Batavia police say they would not comment on the results right now. Since this is a Class D Felony, he may face several years in state prison.

The baby was transported to Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo where he was treated for the seizures. He was released from the hospital and is currently with the Genesee County Child Protective Services. Police say the injuries do not appear to be permanent. Even though the mother has not been charged in this case, there is still no word if or when she will regain custody of the baby.