Dad JUSTIN TYLER "ROOSTER" RUSSELL has been arrested and jailed for felonious abuse of his 2-month-old son, who was apparently violently shaken (shaken baby syndrome is more often called abusive or non-accidental head trauma these days.) As too often happens in these cases, Daddy was babysitting when the abuse took place, and Daddy had just been released from jail--in this case, for ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER. Honestly folks, this is what happens when unemployed/unemployable felons are drafted into childcare duty. We need to do better.
And I refuse to make a joke about a West Virginia daddy named "Rooster." Really, I just won't, even though the temptation is killing me. Just gonna bite down on my lip right now.
Local man jailed for alleged child abuse
by JULIA ROBERTS GOAD, Staff Writer
WILLIAMSON - A Williamson man remains behind bars for the felonious abuse of his infant son Monday.
Williamson Police Department Lt. C. D. Rockel said 25 year old Justin Tyler ”Rooster” Russell of Williamson remains in Southwestern Regional Jail facing charges of child abuse resulting in serious injury.
Rockel traveled to Huntington and took custody of Russell after his arrest by the Huntington Police Department on warrants obtained by the Williamson Lieutenant.
The investigation revealed that Monday Russell’s two month old son was taken to the South Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital after he was found unresponsive at his home in Williamson. The baby was flown out to Cabell Huntington Hospital and as of presstime remained in pediatric intensive care, allegedly the victim of ”shaken baby syndrome.”
”The baby sustained the injuries here in Williamson, after the mother left him in his father’s care while she went for a doctor’s appointment," Rockel said.
At the time the baby was injured, he and the father were the only ones in the home, Rockel said.
”When the mother returned, she went in to checked on the baby who appeared to be asleep," he said. ”Later, she went back to check on him again and he was unresponsive."
”The baby has retinal tears and bleeds,” Rockel said. ”His brain has bleeding and swelling as well. He also has neurological trauma.”
Russell was arraigned in Huntington and placed on a $100,000 full cash bond set by Cabell County Magistrate Patty Verbage Spence. Rockel transported Russell back to Southwestern Regional. Charges may be added or upgraded as the condition if the infant changes.
Rockel told the Daily News this was not Russell’s first experience with law enforcement. ”He’s no stranger to the law; he was arrested in Floyd County for assault on an officer and hasn’t been out of jail for that long," he said.
The investigation is ongoing.