Father charged with child abuse after allegedly shaking 2-month-old daughter

Posted: 6:57 PM, Dec 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-12 21:27:57Z

UPDATE: Family told Action News Wednesday that baby Emily is moving her hands and feet, so doctors believe she is not braindead. Family says she still has a long way to go in her recovery.

An Oxford Township man is currently charged with first-degree child abuse. According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, 25-year-old Christopher Williams admitted to detectives that he shook his baby. 

The baby's mother, 23-year-old Kayla Rzienkowski, tells 7 Action News she has three children with Williams including 2-month-old Emily. On Friday, Williams called Rzienkowski while she was at work to tell her the baby was not breathing.  

“He said you need to come home right now, Emily is not breathing. I said call the EMS. I am on my way,” Rzienkowski said. 

According to investigators, Emily had reportedly been unable to retain fluids and had been showing signs of becoming ill over the past few days. Emily is currently listed in critical condition, but the future is still unknown. 

“If the test comes back that she is brain dead, they have to pronounce her dead,” said Emily’s grandmother Stephany Rindy. 

On Monday, Williams was arraigned and charged with child abuse. He was given a $500,000 cash bond. 

Emily’s family has started a GoFund Me page to help pay for the child's medical expense.