Joshua Cooper, a teen-age father living in northern California, has been placed under arrest on suspicion of biting off the edge of his infant child’s nose during a bout of rage. He stated he just could not stand it any longer when the one-month-old would not stop crying and he became extremely frustrated, explained California police on Friday.
Cooper, age 18, was booked into the Solano County Jail on Thursday evening due to suspicion of having committed child cruelty and aggravated confusion because of the event. It happened in the small city of Fairfield, which is located to the northeast of San Francisco.
The police were notified of the happening after receiving an “hysterical” telephone call from the newborn boy’s mother, age 17, on Thursday afternoon. First responders and paramedics discovered that the child was bleeding from his nose, explained a Fairfield police spokesperson in a news release. The spokesperson stated that about one third of the infant’s nose had been bitten off. The baby was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital and then transported to children’s hospital which was located in the city of Oakland because of the brutality of the injuries he had suffered.
Along with his nose, the child also had a fractured skull and he was experiencing hemorrhaging in his brain, stated Fairfield police Sergeant Samuel Rowland. However, he added that investigators did not know for sure at this time the cause behind these specific injuries. Rowland refused to give any comment on the child’s condition except to say that the baby was alive and had been stabilized. Child welfare services had also been called in to make a full review of the child’s home life, stated the police sergeant. Rowland explained that CPS would conduct a full investigation and decide what is safe and what is not for the child. They would decide if the baby would be allowed back in that environment. However, as a safety precaution, the baby was put into the custody of the Solano County Child Welfare Services until more follow up can be done.
Cooper will be charged this upcoming Monday, does not yet have a public defender, stated authorities. The accusations against him have a maximum sentence of life served inside California state prison with the possibility of being given parole. The police sergeant told the public that Cooper had been very compliant with police investigators, and that there was not any sort of indication that there had been usage of alcohol and/or drugs at the scene of the crime.
Cooper, a teen-age father living in northern California, was placed under arrest due to suspicion of biting off the edge of his infant child’s nose during a stint of rage. He stated he just could not stand it any longer when his one-month-old infant son would not stop crying and he became extremely frustrated, explained California police on Friday. The baby is now in a child’s hospital in Oakland, California and Cooper himself is set to be charged on Monday.
By Kimberly Ruble