Dietrich Williams is accused of shaking the baby of a Batavia woman so violently, even hitting the infant's head against a hard service, that the baby is now in grave condition. Today Williams pleaded not guilty to charges of assault in the first degree and reckless assault of a child.
After the hearing, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said the baby is not doing well.
"There's a lot of uncertainty right now," Friedman said. "It doesn't look good."
He said doctors fear brain damage, vision damage, whether the baby will be able to feed herself and whether she will be able to breath on her own.
Williams was reportedly living with a co-worker from a nursing home in Le Roy and was charged with watching the woman's four children while she worked a double shift.
On the night of June 20 or early morning of June 21, Williams allegedly assaulted the 15-month-old child.
The child and the mother have not been identified.
Defense Attorney Jerry Ader argued for reduced bail, stating that Williams is an employed resident of Genesee County and had only one prior misdemeanor conviction -- for unauthorized use of rental car that was returned late.
Friedman asked that Williams be held without bail, because there is a warrant for his arrest in Florida (reportedly for a bounced $100 check related to the car rental), and he has changed residence and jobs a few times over the past several months. Friedman said he didn't believe Williams had lived in Genesee County for more than 4 1/2 months.
Since Williams hasn't appeared on a charged related to $100 check, Friedman told Judge Robert Noonan that he doubted he would appear on a felony charge where he potentially faces a 25-year prison term.
Noonan kept Williams bail at $50,000.