Ryan James Shelley (Source: Jennings County Sheriff's Office)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A child is in critical condition and the mother's boyfriend is now facing charges.
According to the Jennings County Sheriff's Office, on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. a 911 call reported a baby had fallen off of a kitchen counter and was unconscious.
When officers arrived at the home they began CPR on the 18-month-old and then airlifted her to Kosair Children's Hospital.
The mother's boyfriend, Ryan James Shelley, 27, told police he was home alone with the child and her child's older brother when she fell off the counter top and hit the floor.
Doctors at Kosair told police the child's injuries were not consistent with a fall, but were consistent with being shaken forcefully.
According to police, Shelley later admitted "he had grabbed the child and had forcibly shaken her because she would not stop crying." He was arrested on preliminary charges of felony aggravated battery with serious injury and felony neglect.
The child remains in critical condition on life support.