San Antonio, TX – A Texas man is facing criminal charges after he purportedly fractured a baby’s skull.
When the 8-month-old infant, belonging to 19-year-old Julian Garza’s girlfriend, wouldn’t let him sleep, the young man allegedly assaulted the boy, causing what doctors later called a massive skull fracture.
The infant was left in Garza’s care while the child’s mother, unnamed, was out. When she returned, she noticed her baby was not well. She was unaware of the fractured skull the child has suffered but sought medical attention.
According to Garza, during an interview with police, when the infant wouldn’t let him sleep, Garza forcefully threw his arms up into the air in frustration, causing the boy to accidentally hit his head on a nearby window sill.
Garza said he knew the child was seriously injured but did not seek treatment because he was afraid of getting in trouble either legally or with his girlfriend, according to KSAT News.
However, an analysis into the pattern of injury appears inconsistent with the man’s description of events, reports the Huffington Post.
Authorities have limited the details surrounding the nature of the injuries, as the investigation is ongoing, but did disclose the infant appeared to have been “tossed like a rag doll.”
Garza was arrested and charged with injury to child with serious bodily injury, and was booked on $30,000 bond.
Per Texas Penal Code Chapter 22 Assault Offenses, Section 22.04: injury to a child with serious bodily injury is committed when an offender intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence, by act or intention, harms a child.
Depending on the imposed degree of the felony, Garza could face anywhere from two to 99 years in prison along with a $10,000 fine if found guilty of maliciously negligent in fracturing the baby’s skull.
The infant’s current medical status has not been released.
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