Dad admits to shaking infant son

Mug shot of Derek S. Hultz courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.
Mug shot of Derek S. Hultz courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne man was arrested after he admitted to shaking his four-month-old son in order to get him to stop crying. The infant was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police said Derek S. Hultz, 27, of Fort Wayne, called for an ambulance in the summer of 2013. When the infant arrived at the hospital, hospital officials said he had a bilateral hematoma to the front and rear of his brain, which was likely caused by being “violently shaken.” Police said the baby had other injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Hultz told investigators at the hospital he was frustrated because his son wouldn’t stop crying, so he shook him several different times that morning. Police said Hultz used a doll to show investigators how he shook his son.

According to police, Hultz said at one point, the infant stopped breathing so he “tapped” him on the back of the head.

In February of 2014, Hultz’s mother told investigators that the infant has reoccurring medical problems because of his head injuries from the incident.

On Thursday, Hultz was charged with neglect of a dependent causing serious bodily injury and battery causing serious bodily injury, both class B felonies.

As of Friday afternoon, Hultz was listed in the Allen County Jail. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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