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Police looking for babysitter accused of shaking baby

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WOODLAND, WA (KPTV) -

Woodland police are looking for a woman accused of almost shaking a baby to death.

Berta Salinas-Valentine, 60, did not show up for her arraignment on Monday, so a judge issued a bench warrant for her arrest. According to investigators, Salinas-Valentine shook 8-month-old Perlita Hernandez-Ramirez so badly, the child may be blind and bedridden for life.

Woodland police were called to an apartment back on June 18, where a child was non-responsive. Perlita was rushed to the hospital, where doctors found that she was suffering from shaken baby syndrome and was severely brain damaged.

Investigators learned that Salinas-Valentine was the one caring for the baby at the time of the abuse. She later admitted to detectives that she was the only adult at the apartment when Perlita was injured but wouldn't answer any other questions.

Detectives tried to arrest Salinas-Valentine in August but learned she had already left the area.

Salinas-Valentine is also charged with failing to get help for the baby.

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