PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Cranston man charged in the murder of his infant son pleaded not guilty during a court appearance Wednesday.
Elias Romero was arraigned at Providence Superior Court just days after a grand jury indicted him on a single count of murder in the death of his 3-month-old son.
Romero, 24, was first arrested this summer after his infant son was found not breathing inside his Station Street home on July 7. Baby Giovanni was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where police said he regained a pulse but was unable to breathe on his own. He died two days later. Doctors told investigators the child had injuries consistent “shaken baby syndrome.”
Romero pleaded not guilty to the murder charged. At the state’s request, the judge ordered Romero held without bail.
Police said Romero called his wife at work but never called 911 to report the baby in distress. Romero’s wife, Sandra Romero, said she was the one who called 911.
Police said the apartment was extremely hot that day – citing that as a likely reason the 3-month-old was crying – when they said his father shook him, causing fatal head trauma.