Monday, March 18, 2013

Dad arrested on abuse charges; 5-month-old baby has fractured ribs, bleeding on the brain (National City, California)


Father of injured baby arrested on abuse charges

By Debbi Baker
2:50 p.m.March 17, 2013

NATIONAL CITY — The father of a 5-month-old was arrested on child abuse charges Friday in National City after doctors found the baby had fractured ribs and bleeding on the brain.

Paramedics were called to the baby’s home on D Avenue near East 24th Street Wednesday about 10:20 p.m. after someone reported the child was having difficulty breathing and could possibly be having a seizure, National City police said.

The infant was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital where doctors found multiple rib fractures, a recent injury causing bleeding on the brain as well as an old injury that also caused bleeding, police said.

National City police returned to the home on Friday, interviewed the parents and took the child’s father into custody. He was booked into county jail on felony child abuse charges, police said.