A newborn son was taken to an emergency room with fractured arms after the father injured him. The father has been charged with felony child cruelty after the grueling incident.
The man, who has been identified as Glen Haskell, 33, was arrested on Monday night after doctors at a local hospital contacted them.
The investigators claim that Haskell injured his 2-week-old son. "The doctors were treating a 2-week-old baby that had bilateral spiral fractures to both of its arms,” said Lt. Wendell Anderson with the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department.
Reports from detectives indicate that Haskell’s initial reasoning for the boy’s broken arms didn’t add up, so they continued interrogating him. After a thorough investigation, it turned out that the baby had been shaken.
"The baby was crying, and the suspect in the case became frustrated and got the baby by both arms and shook the baby causing the injuries,” Anderson said.
The baby was taken to a hospital in Sacramento, CA, where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries. The father was thereafter booked into jail and bailed at $50,000.
This is not the first time we’re hearing of such cases where fathers are breaking infant’s arms. On the 26th of September, an 18-year-old father from Lackawanna County was held behind bars after breaking his infant daughter's arm.
The man, who was identified as Kylie Mlyczk, 18, of Archbald was home alone with his infant daughter when the baby girl suffered a break in her arm.
Authorities revealed that Mlyczk had been drinking and it was 24 hours before the baby was able to visit a doctor.
The police in Archbald were notified of a suspected child abuse case that involved a 6-week-old girl that was brought into the Wright Center in Archbald with a broken arm. Mlyczk was later on arrested and charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of the child.
"We understand kids fall and get hurt and things like that happen. At 6 weeks old, it's kind of uncommon for the child to end up with an injury like this," said Archbald Police Chief Tim Trently.
Both parents were taken to the police custody for interview as to what exactly happened.
"We ask them why this happened and how this happened, and we try to put it together to see if it actually fits the injury."
The father revealed that he was watching the infant at their home in Valley View Estates mobile home park and that the baby rolled over and sustained the injuries. However, the officers knew that wasn’t the case since the infant is too young to roll over by herself.
The father also admitted to drinking most of the day as he was watching the baby and that he may have tugged her arm too hard while changing her. Mlyczk was taken to the Lackawanna County Prison where he is being held on a $165,000 bail.