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Dad arrested for injuring 3-month-old son; baby on life support (Corpus Christi, Texas)

Dad is identified as RENE ANTHONY GARCIA.

Father Arrested for Injury to a Child, Three-Month Old on Life Support

Posted: Sep 04, 2015 12:35 PM EST Updated: Sep 04, 2015 6:01 PM EST

FROM THE CORPUS CHRISTI POLICE DEPARTMENT - A three-month old boy is on life support after he was shaken Thursday night, allegedly by his father, and nurses say they are not optimistic about the baby's recovery.

The father, 46-year old Rene Anthony Garcia, was arrested and charged with injury to a child. If the child dies, those charges will be upgraded to capital murder.

It was Thursday afternoon when Corpus Christi police responded to a home in the 4900 block of High Meadow Drive for a report of a three-month old baby not breathing, with CPR in progress. Officers arrived and found both parents of the little boy inside the residence. The baby was unresponsive and transported to Driscoll Children's Hospital in critical condition.

Corpus Christi Police Family Violence Detectives responded and during an investigation, it was determined that the child's father, 46-year old Rene Anthony Garcia, had physically assaulted the child by shaking him.

The father was arrested on charges of injury to a child, a first degree felony. The 25-year old mother, who was home at the time, has not been charged with a crime. There were no other children at the home.

At last report the child was on life support at the hospital and not expected to survive. If the child does die, charges against the father could be upgraded to capital murder.