ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man, Maron Gilmore, is behind bars. He’s accused of child abuse in a case that involves his two-month-old child.

According to a criminal complaint, the child was first hospitalized for seizures back in December. Investigators said medical personnel later found a bruise on the right hip, retinal hemorrhages in both eyes and a brain bleed, indicating he was likely shaken.

When questioned, Gilmore allegedly told deputies the baby had RSV and had some difficulty breathing. Later, he reportedly told them, while home alone with the baby, he got scared and was trying to get his attention by tapping on his leg and eventually started shaking the baby until he cried. Charges were not filed until Thursday.

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KRQE reached out to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office on why it took so long to file the charges. A spokesperson for BCSO said the case was intended to be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review, but they learned CYFD had returned the child to the father.

BCSO said they issued an arrest warrant to ensure no further abuse could occur. KRQE also reached out to CYFD but has not heard back.