Police: Baby, 5 months, treated for critical head injuries, father charged


HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV) -- According to Hanahan Police, an infant was taken to Medical University Hospital with head injuries and now his father is facing charges.

The father, 23-year-old Derek Allan Stilson, is charged with infliction of great bodily injury upon a child.

Police said on Thursday, Feb. 21, Stilson's 5-month-old son was transported to MUSC on Thursday evening by EMS and found to have a skull fracture{}as well as bleeding and swelling on the brain.

According to the affidavit, Stilson is accused of throwing the baby down on the floor "in anger" because he was crying. The affidavit also states the boy was injured on Feb. 19 but wasn't taken to MUSC until two days later when the father noticed the child "was not acting normal."

The affidavit says the infant suffered "a right skull fracture, bleeding behind the retinas as well as bleeding on the brain."

Stilson was given a $250,000 Surety bond on Saturday and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Police report the child remains in critical condition at MUSC and has been placed in protective custody.