Shaun Sicsico returned to jail following hearing

Shaun Sicsico returned to jail following hearing

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Shaun Sicsico, 19, of Oak Bluffs, appeared in Edgartown District Court last Thursday.

Shaun Sicsico, charged with seriously injuring his infant daughter, was returned to the Dukes County Jail where he is being held on $50,000 cash bail, after a brief court appearance before Judge Thomas Barrett in Edgartown District Court last Thursday.

Mr. Sicsico’s lawyer, Robert Manning of Barnstable, told Judge Barrett that his knowledge of the case extended to Mr. Sicsico’s $50,000 cash bail. The judge continued the case for a further pretrial hearing, set for August 9.

The baby’s injuries were discovered when the child’s parents, Andrea Metell of Oak Bluffs and Mr. Sicsico, brought her to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. The child was later transferred by MedFlight to Boston Children’s Hospital.

The attending physicians, as well as Dr. Alice Newton, medical director of the Child Protection Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, came to the conclusion that the child’s injuries were consistent with abuse, according to a copy of the statement of facts presented to the court and obtained by The Times.

The baby had “bruising on all limbs, as well as bruising of eyelids, and a torn frenulum [a connecting fold of membrane serving to support or restrain a part (as the tongue)].”

The hospital contacted the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and told the social welfare agency that Jaelynn had been brought to the hospital with severe brain injuries. DCF social workers took emergency custody of the child and called the Oak Bluffs Police Department.

Oak Bluffs and State Police arrested Mr. Sicsico on Sunday, July 28, on a charge of assault and battery on a child, causing substantial injuries that left his 12-week-old daughter, born prematurely, on life support.

Mr. Sicsico told the police officers that “he spun the victim and may have spun her too hard,” according to court records.

Jaelynn Elizabeth Metell was born on May 2, at Massachusetts General Hospital. She weighed 2 pounds, 8 ounces at birth, according to her birth announcement.

In a telephone conversation Monday following the arrest, Cape and Island’s District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said the child had only been home for three to four weeks and was at Children’s Hospital “on life support.”

Asked for an update late Tuesday on the baby’s condition, in an email to The Times, Cayenne Isaksen, director of public affairs for the Department of Children & Families said, “I am very sorry, but we do not provide medical information or details regarding children in our care.”

Ms. Isaksen confirmed the baby remains in the hospital.

A good kid

In court last Thursday, Mr. Sicsico appeared downcast. He became emotional when he spotted two friends, Margie Pires, of West Tisbury, and Fernanda Iannucci, of Vineyard Haven, seated in the court.

Ms. Pires and Mr. Iannucci spoke with the Times after court Thursday. Ms. Pires said she has known Mr. Sicsico his whole life.

“He’s a good kid,” Ms. Pires said. “I can’t believe this has happened.”

“We’ve never seen signs of violence or anger. He’s never been disrespectful,” she added.

According to Ms. Pires, the couple has been together for about two years and lived in Ms. Metell’s mother’s basement apartment in Oak Bluffs.

“Shaun loved that baby,” she said. “I don’t believe in my heart he did anything to hurt that baby.”

Ms. Pires said the couple was a very “young couple.” “The hospital should’ve given them parenting classes,” she said.

Mr. Sicsico was employed at Cronig’s Market for about two years. Ms. Pires said he worked in both Cronig’s locations, up-Island and down-Island, but was let go from the Vineyard Haven Cronig’s earlier this year.

Mr. Sicsico was born in Edgartown, but moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, with his parents when he was about two, she said. Ms. Pires and her husband, Val Pires, took Mr. Sicsico into their home when he was about 15. “I took him in as a favor to his mother, because he could not get the direction he needed,” she said.

Ms. Pires sent Mr. Sicsico back to Connecticut to spend more time with his family when he was 17, she said, but he wanted to come back. He moved back to the Island and met Ms. Metell.

Ms. Pires wants Mr. Sicsico to talk. “I don’t think anything was intentional,” she said. “I don’t know if she’s putting the burden on him, or, if he knows anything – I want him to talk. I just want the whole truth to come out. I am not completely defending Shaun, but I am only saying what I know about him and what I’ve witnessed as an adult.”

Shaun Sicsico, charged with seriously injuring his infant daughter, was returned to the Dukes County Jail where he is being held on $50,000 cash bail, after a brief court appearance before Judge Thomas Barrett in Edgartown District Court Thursday.

Mr. Sicsico’s lawyer, Robert Manning of Barnstable, told Judge Barrett that his knowledge of the case extended to Mr. Sicsico’s $50,000 cash bail. The judge continued the case for a further pretrial hearing, set for August 9.

The baby’s injuries were discovered when the child’s parents, Andrea Metell of Oak Bluffs and Mr. Sicsico, brought her to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. The child was later transferred by MedFlight to Boston Children’s Hospital.

The attending physicians, as well as Dr. Alice Newton, medical director of the Child Protection Team at Boston Children’s Hospital, came to the conclusion that the child’s injuries were consistent with abuse, according to a copy of the statement of facts presented to the court and obtained by The Times.

The baby had “bruising on all limbs, as well as bruising of eyelids, and a torn frenulum [a connecting fold of membrane serving to support or restrain a part (as the tongue)].”

The hospital contacted the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and told the social welfare agency that Jaelynn had been brought to the hospital with severe brain injuries. DCF social workers took emergency custody of the child and called the Oak Bluffs Police Department.

Oak Bluffs and State Police arrested Mr. Sicsico Sunday on a charge of assault and battery on a child, causing substantial injuries that left his 12-week-old daughter, born prematurely, on life support.

Mr. Sicsico told the police officers that “he spun the victim and may have spun her too hard,” according to court records.

Jaelynn Elizabeth Metell was born on May 2, at Massachusetts General Hospital. She weighed 2 pounds, 8 ounces at birth, according to her birth announcement.

In a telephone conversation Monday, Cape and Island’s District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said the child had only been home for three to four weeks and was at Children’s Hospital “on life support.”

Boston Children’s Hospital media representative Erin Tornatore said Thursday she could not provide any information on the condition of the baby.

Comments

  1. @VeryAnnoyed:disqus well im sure everyone whos arrested without a headsup and is held on 50,000$ bail just happens to have a nice dress shirt,pants,shoes, and tie just on deck in there cell for when they have court (SARCASM)…. come on, the ignorance and arrogance that are circulating from this story is sickening me. I know shaun and i know that he wouldnt of deliberately injured his child, she was his “little princess” as he called her, and loved playing with her running from room to room with her in his arms just to see her cute smile. everyone needs to keep in mind that accidents happen and that little girl was very premature. she was born over 12 weeks ago. if she was born on time she would only be about 2 weeks old right now.. she was probably very fragile which makes her way more vulnerable to injury than the average baby. Its so immoral how newspapers and news shows can publicly ruin someones name and life before all the details are out there and the investigation is over. the media really cares that much about peoples attention to make a unfortunate father look like a demonic monster over what was probably an accident. instead of making him seem worse of a person then he is, realize this poor father is in jail for this, and probably doesnt even know the condition of his child himself. its bad enough he has to be going threw this, all these news articles are uncalled for. i am VERY ANNOYED…

  2. Makes me wonder how this man and the baby’s mother support this so-called, “family.”

  3. Not making excuses for him…..should rot under the jail…but typically for first appearance you wear what you were arrested in…

  4. trueth. its really sad how that works. and how this is publicly being played out..

  5. i guess your mom never taught you how to mind your business and stay out of others people affairs. I don’t personally know either parents but I’m not gonna make others situations my entertainment. Go read a book or watch a tv show…..

  6. feeling compassion for a child who was brutally abused does not make me a liberal, it makes me human.

  7. 1st Ammendment rights do not apply to privately owned websites and properties.

  8. You know what’s REALLY sad? that an INFANT was left on life support because she was trusted to parents who had no idea what they were doing, and who lacked the support and assistance they so desperately needed.