Another mom of a young infant forced to work, another hot-headed "angry" dad drafted into infant care. Result: Dad WILLIAM BERTONIERE "lost his cool" and threw the baby. She now has two skull fractures. And Daddy didn't even bother to get the baby medical care....
When will American moms get real maternity leaves? When will we stop using thug daddies as infant caregivers? How many babies will be injured or killed like this one?
Deputies: Infant's Skull Fractured After Father 'Lost His Cool'
St. Bernard Parish Deputies Arrest William Bertoniere
POSTED: 8:02 pm CST November 25, 2011
UPDATED: 7:39 am CST November 26, 2011
CHALMETTE, La. -- A 4-month-old girl was hospitalized after her father threw her on a bed while angry, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's deputies said.
Investigators said the girl suffered two bilateral skull fractures when her father grew angry and tossed her on the bed, resulting in her striking her head against the wall and hitting the floor.
The incident happened about noon on Wednesday, according to investigators.
Deputies arrested the father, William Bertoniere, 24, on Wednesday night on a charge of felony cruelty to a juvenile.
Bertoniere and the girl’s mother, who police said was at work at the time of the incident, brought her to Children’s Hospital.
The baby, who also suffered an injury to her bone in one leg, was hospitalized for two nights and released, Sheriff-Elect James Pohlmann said.
When questioned, Bertoniere told the Sheriff's Office that the incident started after he had finished bathing and dressing his daughter and was leaving the bathroom, carrying her. While holding her, he slipped and fell into the corner of a door, injuring one of her legs, he told deputies.
Even though the baby cried for a long period, investigators said Bertoniere didn’t seek medical help.
Bertoniere told sheriff’s detectives that as the crying continued, he “lost his cool,’’ and threw the girl on a bed, then she struck her head against a wall and fell to the floor.
Police said Bertoniere called the mother at work and told her of the injuries. Then they met at a doctor’s office in Chalmette, and afterward brought the child to Children’s Hospital for emergency treatment, Pohlmann said.
After giving his statement to detectives and state child protection officials, Bertoniere was arrested and jailed, Pohlmann said.
Bertoniere was being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of $50,000 bond set on Friday.