BREMERTON – A Bremerton man is facing a murder charge after he allegedly shook his girlfriend’s young child, who later died, in June.
According to charging documents filed last week, 1-year-old Khayden Pangelinan suffered injuries consistent with a “shaken baby” death while under the care of 34-year-old Michael David Holliday. Khayden's injuries included a “devastating head/neck” injury that caused his brain to bleed and swell, his spinal cord to bleed and both of his retinas to separate, according to documents.
In court documents, police wrote that Holliday called 911 on June 8 to report that Khayden wasn’t breathing. The child was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma and died on June 10, his first birthday, according to police.
“Death is due to blunt force injury to the head. Such injury may have included shaking, striking the head against a stationary object, or both,” Pierce County Medical Examiner Thomas Clark wrote about the death. “The injury is devastating, and the child could not have been normal following its infliction.”
Victoria Pangelinan, the child’s mother, reportedly told police that Khayden had fallen off a bed onto a tile floor on June 7, but investigators noted that the doctors who treated the child said that fall could not have caused his injuries.
Holliday reportedly told investigators that he “shook/jiggled” Khayden in an effort to revive him after the child became unresponsive. Investigators wrote that the child’s injuries were “clearly” not consistent with the man’s explanation.
Kitsap County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Chad Enright said prosecutors delayed filing charges against Holliday while Bremerton police went back and conferred with "a number" of additional experts. The second-degree murder charge was filed Nov. 9.
According to Bremerton Police Detective Martin Garland, Holliday turned himself in to police Monday and was arrested. Holliday is expected to make an initial appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court Tuesday morning. Police expected he would be held on $1 million bond.
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