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Child in 'shaken baby' case doing much better, says mother

By Howard B. Owens

A baby who was shaken and once described by District Attorney Lawrence Friedman as in grave condition is doing much better according to her mother.

This morning we received this e-mail from the mother (who asked that we not use her name):

I want to let everyone know the baby is doing excellent so far. She has made lots of progress. She is taking steps on her own and with help sometimes on her own holding onto to something. She is starting to use her right hand with lots of exercises. She knows the people who have been around her. She dances in her chair when she hears music. She is pretty much almost herself. With lots of prayer from people who know her and people who don't know her, she has come a long way.

Dietrich Williams is accused of shaking the baby girl and slamming the baby's head against a hard surface. He is awaiting trial on charges of assault in the first degree and reckless assault on a child. He pled not guilty to the charges in July. Williams reportedly worked with the mother in Le Roy and was acting as a sitter at the time of the alleged assault.

The mother said she's struggling because she's not working, but "all that counts is that she is getting better."

She said the baby, who will be two in March, is speaking single words and is getting therapy every day.

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