A teenage father Joshua Cooper, 18, was taken into custody after allegedly biting off the nose of his 1-month old son because “he was frustrated with the infant's crying.”
Although charges have not been formally made, Terry Ray, Solano County Chief Deputy District Attorney told reporters that she intends to charge him with child abuse and aggravated mayhem during his arraignment on Monday.
According to reports, Fairfield police received a call from the baby's distraught 17-year old mother early Thursday morning stating that her infant was bleeding from his nose. The boy was rushed to Oakland Children’s Hospital, where doctors discovered that not only was 1/3rd of his nose ripped off, but he was also suffering from a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage. He is now listed in stable condition, and remanded to the custody of Solano County Child Welfare Services.
If convicted, Cooper could face up to 12 years for child abuse. In addition, the aggravated mayhem charge carries a potential penalty of life in prison.