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DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 14th, 2005 / 11:40 AM
SUBJECT:FATHER CHARGED W/ MURDERING 5-WEEK OLD DAUGHTER


A 21-year-old Ballston Spa man has been charged with murdering his 5-week-old daughter at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital early Monday morning.

Donald Vachon, of the Creek and Pines Trailer Park at 885 Middleline Road, was staying with his 19-year-old girlfriend and their infant daughter, Briana, at Sunnyview. His girlfriend is recovering there from medical complications sustained during Briana’s birth on May 11th.

At about 2:15 Monday morning, Vachon informed a nurse that Briana was unresponsive and not breathing. Medical staff attempted to resuscitate her without success. She was transferred to nearby Ellis Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m.

An autopsy performed last night revealed that Briana died from severe brain trauma as a result of being violently shaken. She also sustained 2 broken clavicles. The police investigation determined that Vachon shook Briana because he was angry and caused her death. Briana’s mother was in the room at the time of the incident, but was reportedly asleep and unaware of the assault. She does not face any criminal charges.

Vachon is charged with Murder-2nd degree. He was arraigned in Police Court and remanded to the Schenectady County Jail.