Dad is identified as JAY MINOR.
Abused 1-month-old clings to life as father faces charges
Mother 'can't believe this would happen'
One-month-old Jerry Wade Lee Minor has been hospitalized with multiple skull fractures, broken bones and bruises. Jay Minor, the baby's father, was jailed May 14, 2014, on charges of assault and aggravated child abuse.
By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 6:07 p.m.
Tina Minor may never hear her son cry again.
The 1-month-old infant has been hospitalized with multiple skull fractures, broken bones and bruises to his tiny body for just more than a week. But he hasn't cried once.
"We asked why, and the doctors said that he can't," said Princess Hall, Tina's mother and the grandmother of little Jerry. "They said that his brain is so damaged that he won't be able to."
The baby's cries after waking from a nap on May 6 are what family members believe prompted a violent reaction from his father. Jay Minor initially told family members that he caused the injuries when he fell on the baby. He does have a bad knee, his mother-in-law said. Investigators and family members no longer believe him.
X-rays and interrogations convinced them to believe that the injuries were intentional. Minor, 37, was jailed Wednesday on charges of assault and aggravated child abuse.
"I feel like a tornado went through my family," Tina Minor said. "I'm so hurt."
Minor, 30, sobbed as she talked about her son. She wasn't able to visit him Wednesday. She doesn't have a reliable car and has had to ask friends and family members for rides to the hospital in Birmingham.
"I just can't believe that this would happen. I never would have thought anyone would do something like this," she said.
Hall said that the infant seems to be improving, and that he could be moved out of intensive care. His injuries are still life-threatening, though, and he remained in intensive care at Children's of Alabama on Thursday.
He's breathing on his own, except for a little tube they've got in his nose," she said. 'They've still got a feeding tube, he won't be able to take a bottle. They told us today after looking at some X-rays that he may have tried to break his leg before."