A Louisiana man was arrested after he allegedly admitted to backhanding a 5-week-old girl in the face, authorities said.
Shortly before 3 p.m. on March 18, medical staff at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge contacted local police about a baby who was admitted to the facility suffering a swollen left eye that was red and bruised.
Officers who noted there was also blood on the infant girl’s eyeball questioned 23-year-old Darryl Richardson in connection to the baby’s injuries.
According to a police report obtained by WAFB, Richardson, whose relationship to the baby is unclear, allegedly admitted to “intentionally striking [the baby] in the face with the back of his hand, after she was fussy and crying.”
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office took Richardson into custody on March 19, online records show.
He faces a second-degree cruelty to children charge.