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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A former Marine is being held in Japanese police custody on suspicion of inflicting bodily injury on a 6-month-old baby June 29 on Kadena Air Base.

An Okinawa prefectural police spokesman said Brandon Robert McQuillen, 21, was arrested at 3:07 p.m. Friday on an accusation that he injured the baby by shaking her to stop her from crying while staying in base billeting. The charge was presented to the Naha District Prosecutor’s Office on Sunday.

The baby’s 28-year-old Okinawan mother apparently was away at the time of the incident. According to the police report, McQuillen called for an ambulance and went with the baby to the U.S. Naval Hospital on Camp Lester, where he disappeared as the baby was being treated for a severe brain injury.

A police spokesman said McQuillen was arrested Oct. 7 for overstaying his 90-day visa and was identified as a suspect in the baby-shaking case soon afterward. He said McQuillen denies the accusation.

The baby now is living in an undisclosed location in the States with her father, a U.S. citizen, where she continues to be treated for head trauma, the police spokesman said.

Stars and Stripes reporter Chiyomi Sumida contributed to this report.


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