Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dad charged with beating, abusing 3-month-old son (St. Louis, Missouri)

Dad STEVEN NAUSHAUN MCCOY has been charged with 1st-degree assault and abuse in the beating of his 3-month-old son. The baby is in critical condition. Daddy was "babysitting" while Mom went out.

Infant beaten; father charged with assault, abuse
FROM STAFF REPORTS St. Louis Post-Dispatch Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 6:15 pm

ST. LOUIS • Steven Nashaun McCoy, 21, of the 3800 block of Gravois Avenue, was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault and abuse of a child for allegedly shaking and hitting his 3-month-old son.

The baby was in the hospital Tuesday in critical condition with brain swelling and brain bleeding. The abuse allegedly happened at McCoy's home on Monday.

Court documents say the baby seemed fine and was left in McCoy's care when the baby's mother left the home at about 10 a.m. The baby was then taken to the hospital in an ambulance at about 2 p.m., court documents say.

Medical personnel said the baby had to have sustained the injuries after 10 a.m., during the time he was exclusively in McCoy's care. McCoy was arrested at the hospital and is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

EARLIER STORY: ST. LOUIS Police say a 3-month-old boy is in critical condition after suffering abuse at the hands of a family member.

Police on Tuesday said they have arrested a man, 21, for the abuse that was detected just before midnight on Monday. Police aren't identifying the suspect or the boy they say he abused. Police also haven't revealed details about the boy's injuries.

The abuse allegedly happened at a home in the 3800 block of Gravois Avenue. Police say they got a call at about 11:50 p.m. Monday and went to the hospital where the child was taken. Police didn't say if they were alerted to the abuse by hospital staff or someone else.

The man was arrested at the hospital, police say.

The home on Gravois is in the Tower Grove South neighborhood, northwest of Grand Boulevard and Chippewa Street.