STOCKTON -- The man accused of shaking a baby to the point of causing multiple brain injuries pleaded not guilty Thursday in San Joaquin County Superior Court.
Michael David Zamarripa, 25, faces charges of child abuse or endangerment and corporal injury to a child with great bodily injury.
Two-month-old Michael Zamarripa Jr. remains in serious condition at Children's Hospital Central California in Madera County. Prosecutor Valli Israels said the baby is on life support, and it is unclear whether he will live.
If he survives, he likely will suffer from cerebral palsy and die in his teens or early adulthood, according to testi-mony last month by treating physician Donald Fields during a preliminary hearing for Zamarripa.
At the end of that hearing, Zamarripa was ordered to stand trial.
Judge Michael Garrigan set a Nov. 26 hearing Thursday for Zamarripa to submit a motion to dismiss charges.
According to testimony during the preliminary hearing, Zamarripa was taking care of the baby during the early morning hours of Sept. 28. Although Zamarripa and the baby share the same name, they are not necessarily related, according to the baby's 23-year-old mother, Amy Burgin. She at first thought Zamarripa was the baby's father, but determined he probably wasn't and told him before the baby was born. She said Zamarripa decided he still wanted to raise the child with her.
When she and the couple's roommate returned early Sept. 28, the baby was making noises as if he was gasping for breath. Zamarripa said the baby had fallen from a mattress on the floor and that in reaction, he had swayed the baby to try to help him, according to police.
Fields testified that the injuries -- including at least nine brain hemorrhages -- would have required violent and unmistakable shaking.
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