Boy abused by shaking dies

Associated Press
Published January 6, 2006

BRADENTON - A man serving a 15-year prison sentence for violently shaking his infant son in 2002, causing permanent brain damage, may now be charged with murder after the boy died this week, a prosecutor said.

The chief prosecutor in Manatee County, Dennis Nales, said Wednesday that the state may review the case to see whether a murder charge can be filed against Paul Tyler Williams, 28.

Family members of the boy, Tyler Christman, who died Monday, are seeking a harsher punishment for the boy's father.

Nales said a murder charge will depend on whether the medical examiner determines that Tyler's death is connected to the abuse. A preliminary autopsy Wednesday wasn't conclusive, and results of additional tests won't be available for weeks.

Williams had pleaded no contest to aggravated child abuse. The shaking left Tyler unable to walk, talk, smile or cry.