Jury acquits man accused of shaking baby

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JONESBORO, Ark. – A jury has acquitted a man who was facing a first-degree battery charge in a late Friday night decision.

Court officials told NEA Report of the acquittal late Friday around 9:45 PM.

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34-year-old Daniel Stephen Faris of Brookland was charged with first-degree battery and faced up to life in prison over severe injuries sustained in 2016 to his then-five week old baby boy. Jury selection began on Tuesday morning and the trial began on Wednesday. It ended Friday night in an acquittal for Faris.

The boy, who will turn 3-years-old in September, suffered major health problems on October 8, 2016. He survived but now suffers from cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and other permanent handicaps. Medical personnel testified their belief that the child was shaken. The mother of the child also testified against Faris.

The defense presented expert testimony that disagreed with the child being abused.

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The jury of six men and six women were not convinced the child was the victim of abuse.

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