Lynn Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Shaken Baby Death
A Lynn man accused of killing a 3 month-old baby he initially believed was his own son, pleaded guilty today in Salem Superior Court to Manslaughter and Assault and Battery on a Child with Serious Bodily Injury Resulting. Judge David Lowy sentenced him to 16 to 20 years in state prison followed by 5 years of probation. While on probation, the defendant must notify a probation officer if he becomes a father or caretaker for a child.
Anthony Gideika, 35, admitted that on July 6 and 7, 2013, while Chase Gideika was in his care, he inflicted injuries on the baby that eventually caused his death.
Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall told the court that the defendant had been living in Lynn with his girlfriend, Jennifer Nelson, 37, and, who he believed, were their twin sons. He learned in June 2013 that the boys were, in fact, not his. On July 6 and 7, 2013, the defendant was left alone to care for the two babies while their mother attended a tattoo party. In the early morning hours of July 8, 2013, Lynn Police and Emergency Services responded to a 911 call reporting a baby in respiratory distress. Chase was transported to a local hospital and then to Massachusetts General Hospital, where doctors, including Dr. Alice Newton, of the Child Protection Program, found severe bruising and contusions on his head, genitals and torso consistent with inflicted injuries.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner later ruled that the injuries they were caused by blunt trauma to the head and torso.
The Commonwealth agreed to a plea to reduced charges in light of the significant sentence and defendant’s full disclosure of the violent conduct that caused Chase's injuries and death.
Jennifer Nelson is charged with Permitting Substantial Injury to a Child, Willfully Misleading Police and Reckless Endangerment of a Child and remains in custody. She is scheduled to go to trial on March 28, 2016.
Mr. Gideika was represented by Attorney Kevin Mitchell.
Essex Assistant District Attorney Ashlee Logan and Victim Advocate Maria Arroyo-Long assisted on the case.