Marine held in alleged baby-shaking death
Stars and Stripes March 8, 2008
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Marine is in the brig on Camp Hansen awaiting legal action in an alleged baby-shaking fatality in an off-base home in Ishikawa.
Okinawa police this week said they investigated the death of a 7-month-old child in the home of an active-duty Marine in the Ishikawa district of Uruma in late January.
They handed the case over to U.S. military officials because the alleged crime involved Americans in Japan under the bilateral Status of Forces Agreement, a police spokesman said. The Marine has been identified as being assigned to the 7th Communications Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force on Camp Hansen.
However, Okinawa police and Marine Corps Consolidated Public Affairs declined to confirm the Marine’s identity.
“There is an ongoing investigation into this incident,” 1st Lt. Judd Wilson stated in a response to a Stripes query. “Therefore, it would be inappropriate to comment.”
It is the second investigation into the death of a Marine dependent child on Okinawa in recent months. On Tuesday Sgt. Bassa Cisse, 33, was arraigned in a military court here on a charge of killing his 6-year-old daughter in October. Cisse is also being held in the brig awaiting a court-martial scheduled for June 2.