Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dad accused of violently shaking 3-month-old son, throwing him off bed (Atascosa County, Texas)

Dad is identified as JOSE ANTHONY JUAREZ JR.

Father accused of violently shaking 3-month-old son, knocking him off bed

Updated: Wednesday, August 19 2015, 06:44 AM CDT 9
By MELISSA VEGA Fox San Antonio

ATASCOSA COUNTY -- A father is sitting in jail, and his 3-month-old son is in the hospital. Officials say the injuries are so bad, the baby may not survive.

Jose Anthony Juarez Jr. was arrested and booked into the Atascosa County Jail Monday night. According to Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward, the 26-year-old has been charged with a first degree felony of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

Soward tells Fox San Antonio deputies responded to a home off Dogosh Road Sunday evening, and found a baby boy who wasn't breathing.

The three month old baby was rushed to Southwest Regional Medical Center in Jourdanton, and later transported to a San Antonio Hospital.

"According to medical personnel, it does not look good for the little boy", said Soward. Soward went on to say when investigators interviewed Juarez a second time, he allegedly admitted to shaking his son.

"In his confession to Sheriff's investigators he admitted to violently shaking the baby two times for about 8 to 10 seconds each, and then tossed the child on the bed, spun the child with his arm, and knocked the baby off the bed onto the floor", added Soward.

Soward says it took Juarez about an hour before he called 9-1-1, and his first phone call was to the child's mother.

The child's mother told Juarez to call authorities. If the baby does not survive, Soward says Juarez' charge could possibly be upgraded to Capital Murder.