Once again, we have Irrational Father Exaltation at its finest. Though all the evidence would seem to suggest that dad DURAN BARFIELD punched his 4-month-old son, causing some 28 BONE FRACTURES, you still see more words praising him then condemning him. For God's sake, this guy already had a history with Florida DCF! And yet you still have all the psychological denials....Just what does it take for people admit you're a bad dad these days? Or is that just totally taboo?
Father accused of breaking baby's bones
Posted: Yesterday at 5:20 am EST
Last Updated: Yesterday at 6:52 am EST
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida man faced a judge Wednesday, accused of an alarming case of abuse against his own 4-month-old son.
Doctors diagnosed the infant as having suffered several broken bones, but the baby's mother called the suspect a good father who never laid a hand on the child in her presence. "That's wrong because he would never hurt his kids," said the mother who would only speak if she could remain anonymous.
"These were injuries consistent with hard abuse, hard physical abuse on a 4-month-old child," noted Miami Police Commander Delrish Moss.
Duran Barfield, 24, appeared in bond court Wednesday afternoon. Miami Police said Barfield squeezed and punched his 4-month-old son. The child was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital on Dec. 24 with flu-like symptoms. Doctors then found the infant had various rib fractures. "We're talking about at least 28 confirmed fractures, at least 28 confirmed fractures," said Moss. "That's a lot of injury."
The mother, who is also Barfield's fiancé, said the child's father is an honest man who loves his child. "He tried to work, tried to stay off the streets," she said. "He would change him, he would play with him, and he loves him too much, so I trust him to watch over him."
Officers said Barfield claimed the child had fallen out of the bed, but investigators did not buy the excuse, and police arrested Barfield Tuesday.
The baby's great uncle said Barfield is innocent and would never abuse his son. "He's a great father, great father," he said. "I've seen him take care of the baby. Even when the mother goes out to take care of her business, he has managed the baby, and I sat right here, and I watched him."
The child has since been released from JMH. He is now in the custody of the Department of Children and Family. Meanwhile, Barfield's bond was set at $50,000. DCF said it does have a history with Barfield, but the department could not release further details.