- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County, California, jail inmate who allegedly abused a baby girl has been charged with murder after she died 10 years later from “shaken baby syndrome.”

City News Service says Christopher Edward Byrd was charged Tuesday with murder and child assault causing death.

Prosecutors say Byrd violently shook 11-month-old Savannah Quake in 2005 at the home he shared with her mother in La Habra, California.

Prosecutors say the girl was left in a vegetative state and died in January from brain injuries consistent with violent shaking.

Byrd pleaded guilty to child abuse in 2006, and he was sentenced to several years in prison. He’s also serving time for his role in a car chop-shop operation.

The new murder and assault charges carry a potential sentence of 25 years to life.

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