Man arrested on suspicion of shaking baby, causing severe brain damage

Charges filed against man for abusing own child
Man arrested on suspicion of shaking baby, causing severe brain damage
William M. McCoy, 18, of Madison, (a.k.a. Wayne Matthews McCoy Jr.)

On Friday a Madison man was charged by the Dane County court for recklessly causing great bodily harm to a child.

William M. McCoy reportedly shook his 4-week-old son to wake him up Sunday. According to the criminal complaint, when the baby became unresponsive McCoy had his mother call 911.

The infant was taken to UW hospital with significant head injuries, police say in the criminal complaint. A doctor treating the child told authorities that the baby suffered an injury that causes bleeding in the brain and tearing of brain tissue. The doctor also said that the time frame for the injuries would have been immediately before he became unresponsive.

In the criminal complaint, police said that McCoy admitted to shaking his son, and that he went limp and unresponsive immediately.

McCoy is on out on bond for a separate crime he committed in Febraury 2013.

McCoy was charged with physical abuse of child, recklessly causing great bodily harm and felony bail jumping.

Authorities said McCoy also goes by Wayne Matthews McCoy Jr.