- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A father charged with killing his 3-month-old son told a state police detective that he pressed down on the infant’s chest and shook him to stop him from crying, authorities said.

The statements made by 24-year-old Eugene “Charlie” Martineau were included in affidavits released after he pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and manslaughter charges.

His son, Leo Josephs, died three days after he was taken to Maine Medical Center in October.

Martineau told state police Detective Lauren Edstrom that he shook his son so violently that his head “snapped back and forth” and that he instantly regretted it, Edstrom wrote in an affidavit.

The baby suffered from swelling of the brain and had several broken bones in various states of healing when he was treated at the hospital, the affidavit said.

Leo and his twin sister were born prematurely. His sister hadn’t been released from the hospital when Leo died. She is now in state custody.

Martineau’s lawyer, Clifford Strike, attended the court hearing. He didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

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