Fort Benning soldier's charges upgraded to murder after 8-month-old son dies

jmustian@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 7, 2012 

A Fort Benning soldier accused of shaking his 8-month-old son was charged with murder late Friday after the baby died at an Atlanta hospital, authorities said this morning.

Shane E. Hinkson, 28, waived a preliminary hearing this morning and was ordered held without bond, said Lt. Lynn Joiner of the Columbus Police Department.

The baby, Alexander Cabanayan, was taken to St. Francis Hospital on New Year's Day with severe brain injuries and was in critical condition at the time. Joiner said the boy's mother had found him unresponsive and rushed him to the emergency room.

"We were told Monday that the prognosis was not good," Joiner said.

Cabanayan was later taken by helicopter to Egleston Children's Hospital, where he immediately underwent into surgery.

Police said an investigation revealed the baby was injured while in Hinkson's care. The injuries happened at Hinkson's apartment, 1534 Antietam Drive. Joiner said Hinkson is engaged to the boy's mother but had been living at the apartment with a roommate because he had to finish out his lease before moving.

Lt. John McMichael told the Ledger-Enquirer this week that Cabanayan's injuries may have stemmed from shaken baby syndrome. Joiner this morning said investigators are not 100 percent clear yet on what happened, but "we developed enough information to be able to charge him with murder."

"We don't feel it's accidental," he added. Joiner declined to say whether Hinkson has made a statement to police.

Cabanayan died Friday about 10:15 p.m. His death marks the city's second homicide of the new year.

Hinkson serves as a sergeant in the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, said Elsie Jackson, a post spokeswoman.

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