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      Update: Infant upgraded to fair condition

      Update: Thursday, Sept. 1 at 1:01 p.m.

      The infant boy injured at his daycare last month has been upgraded to fair condition at University Hospital in Columbia.

      Seven month-old Lane Schaefer has been hospitalized since Aug. 19 after his daycare called 911 to report he'd been dropped on a cement floor.

      An email from the family reports that while Lane's vital signs are stabilizing and the seizures have stopped, he still cannot see or eat and there is still fluid around the brain.

      The daycare provider, Shelley Richter, 40, is charged with felony child abuse. Doctors have told investigators that Lane's injuries are consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

      Friends and co-workers of the Schaefer family have planned a benefit raffle and kickball tournament to help the family. The event will be on Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. at the Fields of Legend Sports Complex off of Highway 63 just north of Jefferson City.

      See the flyer to Kicking it for Lane

      Update: Thursday, Aug. 26 at 6:25 p.m.

      University Hospital officials said the 7-month-old boy has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.

      Update: Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m.

      Friends of the family report that the 7 month-old infant made it through Wednesday morning's surgery.

      University Hospital in Columbia reports that the infant boy's status condition has not changed; he remains in critical condition.

      The infant is still heavily sedated and doctors are waiting to see if the surgery succeeded at relieving pressure around the brain.

      Update: Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 12:32 p.m.

      University Hospital in Columbia reports that the 7- month-old boy remains in critical condition Wednesday morning.

      A family friend indicated that the infant would be undergoing surgery Wednesday to relieve pressure around the brain.

      The neighbor who called 911 is identified in the probable cause statement as Dawn Wilde. When contacted by a reporter, Wilde said she would not comment on how much time passed from the time Shelley Richter contacted her and the 911 call was placed.

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol said that Wilde is not an employee of the agency. Wilde would not comment on her profession.

      Richter's attorney, Shane Farrow of the Jefferson City firm Brown Cornell Farrow, said his client will be entering a plea of not guilty at the arraignment scheduled for Sept. 21.

      Update: Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 6:19 p.m.

      Cole County Sheriff Greg White said that a neighbor, not Shelley Richter, called 911 to report that the infant was injured.

      The sheriff said he could not elaborate on the timing of the event.

      In the probable cause statement, detectives write that once the child went limp, Richter laid the 7 month-old on the floor and then contacted a neighbor. Richter told investigators the neighbor came to her house to assist her and call 911.

      Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson said he filed the charges based on evidence supplied by doctors.

      In this case the child was transferred to the University of Missouri Columbia where trauma doctors and neurologists and ophthalmologists all did their examinations, Richardson said. And relayed their opinions based to a reasonable degree of medical certainty to the deputy who is working the case."

      Update: Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 4:32 p.m.

      The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has launched an investigation into a Cole County daycare provider accused of shaking a baby.

      A spokesman for the department said a complaint led them to investigate whether Shelley Richter should have been licensed. Missouri law requires any daycare with five or more children to be licensed. There are exceptions to that number if some of the children are related to the daycare provider.

      The spokesman said the investigation should take about a week.

      Meantime, Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson said he is pushing forward with the charges against Richter.

      Richardson said it is important to note that he is the one pressing charges against Richter based on the investigation completed by the Cole County Sheriff's Department. Richardson said the infant's family was unaware that charges were being brought against Richter until she was arrested.

      Richardson said he believes he has a strong case against Richter and that the retinal bleeding and the subdural hematoma couldn't have come from a fall.

      Shelley Richter's mother-in-law, Regina Richter, said she believes her daughter's story about tripping and dropping the infant. Regina also said that Shelley reopened her daycare on Monday and that the clients have been very supportive of Shelley.

      In the probable cause statement written by Cole County Sheriff's Detective Colin Murdick, Shelley Richter told investigators that after the infant went limp, she called a neighbor to help. The probable cause statement then says Richter states that (the neighbor) came to her house to assist her and called 911.

      The sheriff TMs department has not clarified the timeline of event because it is an open case and investigations are ongoing.

      The maximum penalty for the charges Richter faces is 15 years in prison.

      Update: Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 12:53 p.m.

      University Hospital reports that the 7 month-old infant boy is still in critical condition.

      A friend of the family reports that the baby will undergo surgery again Wednesday. He has already undergone one surgery to try to relieve pressure around his brain.

      Besides one subdural hematoma, doctors told investigators that the infant is also suffering severe retinal hemorrhages.

      Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson has charged Shelley Richter, 40, with class B felony child abuse. In the charging documents, Richardson accuses Richter of striking the child TMs head and shaking it.

      In court documents, Detective Colin Murdick with the Cole County Sheriff TMs Department writes that a pediatric neurologist at University Hospital told him the infant was definitely suffering from shaken baby syndrome.

      Richter told investigators it was an accident that happened on Thursday, Aug. 19 around 12:30 p.m.

      Richter stated that she picked the baby up from a walker. Richter said she then stepped backwards and tripped over another child that she had not seen behind her. Richter said as she started to fall backwards she must have let go of the infant.

      Richter told detective Murdick that the baby was crying and that she picked him up almost immediately, but that the child went limp and that his head fell backwards.

      The incident happened at Richter TMs home on Helias Drive in Taos. The family said the room where Richter said the infant fell has a concrete floor that is covered with linoleum.

      The baby TMs family told detectives that Richter had been the baby TMs babysitter since he was around 10 weeks old.

      Update: Monday, Aug. 23 at 10:50 p.m.

      A 7-month-old baby boy is clinging to life at University Hospital Monday evening. His day care provider is charged with shaking him. Shelley Richter, 40, is out of jail. She faces felony child abuse charges.Police believe the child TMs injuries happened last Thursday at Richter's home on Helias Drive in Taos, where she ran a day care center.She told investigators she tripped over another child and dropped the baby on a concrete floor. However, doctors said the injuries are consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

      People who know Shelley Richter said it just does not make any sense.

      "The way I know Shelley, I can't conceive her ever, ever harming anyone, let alone an infant. Like I said, that's not part of her makeup," next door neighbor Diane Tosh said.

      Tosh said she has never seen Shelley Richter hit or even yell at the kids she watches. She said Richter is a gentle, loving person.

      "I've never heard her raise her voice to those children. She sits and watches them carefully while they're playing in her backyard, Tosh said. She TMs very good to them."

      A man whose children are watched by Richter supports her as well. "It really puzzled me why they're accusing her. It doesn't make sense at all, Brandon Stuenkel said.

      Update: Monday, Aug. 23 at 10:10 p.m.

      People who know Shelley Richter said it just does not make any sense.

      "The way I know Shelly, I can't conceive her ever, ever harming anyone, let alone an infant. Like I said, that's not part of her makeup," next door neighbor Diane Tosh said.

      Tosh said she has never seen Shelly Richter hit or even yell at the kids she watches. She said Richter is a gentle, loving person who wouldn't hurt a fly.

      "I've never heard her raise her voice to those children. She sits and watches them carefully while they're playing in her backyard, Tosh said. She TMs very good to them."

      A man whose children are watched by Richter has never mentioned anything about her abusing anyone.

      "He has never talked about Shelly hurting a baby at all. The only thing he has ever said is when he gets in trouble, he has to sit in time out," friend of family Brandon Stuenkel said.

      Stuenkel said he believes Richter is too good of a person to even think about abusing children. He thinks the charges are misdirected.

      "It really puzzled me why they're accusing her. It doesn't make sense at all, Stuenkel said. I never actually met the parents. I just never have been there when they've been there. I have no idea why Shelly is being accused of this. It doesn't make any sense at all."

      [KRCG Editor's Note: The charges against Shelley Richter stem from the Cole County Sheriff's Department's investigation not from allegations from the family according to Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson. Richardson filed criminal charges based on that investigation.]

      Half a dozen neighbors could not believe Richter is guilty of what she has been accused of.

      Update:

      Richter is charged with shaking and striking the 7-month-old for the incident that is believed to have occurred last Thursday.

      Doctors reported a previous injury, but the source if that injury was not mentioned in the probable cause statement.

      Original Story:

      A 7-month-old baby boy is clinging to life at University Hospital Monday evening. His day care provider is charged with shaking and striking him. Shelley Richter, 40, is out of jail. She faces felony child abuse charges.Police believe the child TMs injuries happened last Thursday at Richter's home on Helias Drive in Taos, where she ran a day care center.She told investigators she tripped over another child and dropped the baby on a concrete floor. However, doctors said the injuries are consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

      Doctors also said there's evidence the abuse had been going on for some time.

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