2-month-old dies after shaking; father charged

Butler

A 2-month-old girl died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital early Friday morning from severe brain trauma from shaking or mishandling, Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Blaise Dresser said.

Zion Harris was taken to the hospital Wednesday with bruising to the face and body, and severe brain trauma. She was pronounced dead at 2:06 a.m., according to the sheriff's office.

The father, Jacques Butler, 20, of the 1100 block of Nellieville Drive, was charged Thursday with first- degree cruelty to children.

A charge of murder was added Friday, Dresser said. Zion's death is Richmond County's third homicide of the year.