Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dad arrested for severely injuring 6-week-old son (Chesterfield, Virginia)

Dad is identified as BRADLEY W. SIMMONS. 


Chesterfield Police: Dad Shook, Severely Injured 6-Week-Old Son

Posted: Mar 19, 2013 10:23 AM EDT Updated: Mar 19, 2013 7:31 PM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, VA—A Chesterfield County father has been arrested after police say he severely injured his 6-weeek-old son by shaking the boy. 

The child was taken to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after police say the boy's father shook the child.

Bradley W. Simmons, 22, of the 15200 block of Timsberry Circle, has been charged with felony child abuse.

Chesterfield County Police say the child's mother and father took the newborn to a fire department Wednesday, March 13.

Fire officials recognized the child's injuries as suspicious and said the father's account of the child's injuries changed multiple times, Chesterfield County Police said.

Police believe Simmons was alone with the child when the alleged incident occurred. The child is now in critical but stable condition, according to police.

The child is Simmons' second child; he has an older child from a previous relationship.

Simmons is being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years behind bars.