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Toddler in coma; dad sought by police

MOBILE (AP) — Investigators believe an 11-month-old Fairhope girl may have been the victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome and police are searching for the toddler's father.

Fairhope police said Salaia Miller lapsed into a coma on Christmas Eve and is listed in critical condition at the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital.

According to Fairhope police detective David Martinez, police were still trying to determine exactly what caused the injuries.

The baby's mother, Melody White, told police she left the child alone with Brian Deshon Miller, 24, in her apartment late Saturday night.

Martinez said White, 23, left to get food at the Waffle House.

He said she told investigators Miller called her about 20 minutes later saying Salaia wasn't breathing correctly, according to the detective.

Authorities said Miller, who already was wanted on a drug charge, left the apartment before paramedics arrived around midnight Saturday.

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