Is there really hope for sicko puppies like JOSHUA ALLEN ROBEY?
California father Joshua Allen Robey seen trying to strangle infant son on hidden camera footage
BY Nancy Dillon
DAILY NEWS WEST COAST BUREAU CHIEF
Monday, October 24th 2011, 12:47 PM
LOS ANGELES - A Southern California man was caught by a hidden camera attempting to kill his 2-month-old son with a blanket fashioned as a noose, prosecutors said.
Joshua Allen Robey, 24, is behind bars and due for arraignment Nov. 9 on one felony county each of attempted murder, torture and child abuse.
According to the Orange County District Attorney, Robey went to his girlfriend's house last Tuesday to babysit their infant son.
He didn't know his girlfriend had set up a spy camera in the home because she suspected he was cheating on her there - but what the footage revealed was far worse than two-timing.
The shocking footage shows the transient dad wrapping a blanket around the baby's neck, picking him up by lifting the ends of the blanket "like a noose," and swinging the helpless infant around for more than a minute, prosecutors said.
Robey then laid the baby back down on the bed and punched him several times in the chest with closed fists, prosecutors said.
The horrifying attack continued when Robey, who had been living with the girlfriend until moving to a motel three weeks prior, grabbed the child by the throat with both hands, lifted him in the air, and violently shook him, prosecutors said.
At one point, while the baby was crying, Robey allegedly covered his son's mouth with his hand for several seconds, grabbed him again by the neck and shook him in the air.
He also is accused of attempting to suffocate the baby by covering the infant's face with a blanket.
The baby's mother discovered the heartbreaking abuse by watching the video the following morning. The girlfriend's mother learned of the video that afternoon and rushed the baby to the hospital, prosecutors said.
Robey was arrested at a motel in Santa Ana, Calif., that night.
The baby was hospitalized. Prosecutors did not reveal the extent of his injuries.
If convicted, Robey faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.
His occupation is listed as "laborer" in jail records.