A teen father is in jail today after he bit off his infant baby’s nose because the baby wouldn’t stop crying and it frustrated him. The baby’s distraught mother called the police and said the baby was bleeding from its nose, according to MSN News on March 15.
The baby was rushed to the hospital where it was discovered the infant had a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage and about a third of the infant’s nose was severed. Joshua Cooper of Fairfield, California was arrested on several charges of suspicion of child abuse and aggravated mayhem.
Cooper is being held in Solano County Jail. Police are investigating how the baby’s skull was fractured and how the infant suffered a brain hemorrhage today. The baby is in Oakland Children’s Hospital in stable condition.
Terry Ray, who is the Solano County Chief Deputy District Attorney, said that although Cooper hasn’t been charged yet, she plans to charge him with child abuse and aggravated mayhem.
The charge of aggravated mayhem carries a penalty of up to life in prison and the child-abuse charge carries the penalty of up to 12 years in prison. The baby was placed under the care of the county’s child welfare department.
Police report that the crime scene had no indication of drugs or alcohol being involved with this horrendous crime.