The Daily Item
By Cyrus Moulton
July 15, 2013
|Anthony Gideika at his arraignment |
Wednesday in Lynn.
(Item Photo / Owen O'Rourke)
But the friend also said Gideika should not have been caring for the deceased and the child’s twin brother, describing how Gideika abused drugs to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning from serving in Iraq.
“I don’t think he purposely, in my heart, I don’t think he shook [the baby] or slammed it; but I could definitely see him dropping it,” Chris Webb, Gideika’s friend since high school said. “He was already a self-destructive kind of person the last couple of years from the Army, and now he has to live with having the baby die, which is honestly why I believe he didn’t do anything on purpose to his baby.”
Prosecutors said Gideika had recently learned he was not the twins’ father and was “self-medicating” with Klonopin to handle post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in Iraq.
Gideika pleaded not guilty and maintained that he had dropped the baby several times and any injuries were involuntary.
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