COATESVILLE, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities in Chester County say a father who took out his video game frustration on his infant daughter has been charged in her death.
Zion Isaiah Shockley, 18, of Coatesville, is being held without bail on first-degree murder charges.
Five-month-old Rosalie was taken to the hospital suffering cardiac arrest on Feb. 10, but District Attorney Tom Hogan says doctors found she was bleeding from the brain and eyes. The infant girl died two days later.
“We had injuries that both happened over time and happened very recently, and were severe,” said Hogan.
Authorities then turned their attention to Shockley. According to the criminal complaint, the 18-year-old admitted to abusing the child.
Detectives say he demonstrated on a doll how he violently shook Rosalie for five minutes after losing at a video game. That was just after Christmas.
Earlier this month, a fellow “Call of Duty” player called him a “failure” at the game, and court documents say Shockley was so angry he threw his daughter in the air and didn’t catch her.
“When the defendant was being mocked by players and his reaction was to severely injure and ultimately murder his own child, that is someone who should not be in charge of a child to begin with,” said Hogan.
Shockley’s grandfather, Frank Easton, doesn’t believe the allegations.
“She was just a baby. He loved that daughter, he loved her to death. He wouldn’t let nobody touch her. He loved her, he’s not guilty,” said Easton. “It was an accident.”
Hogan says the baby’s mother shared custody with Shockley but “did everything she could to care for the child.”