Mercer County man charged in shaken baby case

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(WVVA) A Mercer County man was arraigned on child abuse charges.

According to court documents, Michael David Coffey, 30, of Bluefield, WV was caring for his girlfriend’s five-month-old on April 11, 2018 while she was at work. When she returned home later that evening, Coffey told her he believed the child had a seizure about an hour before her arrival.

The child was first taken to Princeton Community Hospital and later to an intensive care unit at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Doctors there said the victim suffered extensive head trauma.

Coffey was interviewed by the state police on May 4. He told troopers the child vomited multiple times while in his care and slept several hours. The alleged abuse happened at a home on Clemson Circle in Princeton.

On August 6, a physician at Roanoke Memorial told troopers “the injuries to the victim most likely occurred directly prior to when the victim began vomiting and became lethargic.”

The child survived the ordeal. However, we do not know any further details about the child’s condition.

Troopers told WVVA it took time to build a solid case against Coffey. His arraignment was held on Wednesday in front of Magistrate Michael Flanigan. Bond was set at $15,000 cash/surety.

WVVA Staff

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