Dad is identified as JACINTO CASTRO ZACARIAS.
Father charged with aggravated child abuse
By Tom Smith
RUSSELLVILLE — A local man has been charged in connection with the abuse of his 3-month-old son, police said.
Jacinto Castro Zacarias, 23, 300 1/2 Madison St., Russellville, is charged with aggravated child abuse, Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said today.
Hargett said Zacarias was arrested after the police department was contacted by the Franklin County Department of Human Resources.
Russellville police investigator Lt. Scotty Lowery said medical personnel said the baby was suffering from shaken baby syndrome.
Police said Zacarias told medical personnel that he shook the baby because he was choking and he was trying to get him to breathe.
Reports indicate the little boy was suffering from a subdural hematoma (which is a collection of blood on the brain) and retinal tearing in both eyes.
“The doctors said it was nothing but a case of shaken baby,” Lowery said. “Medical personnel said there was no other explanation for the injuries.”
Zacarias is out of jail on bail of $50,000.