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Ohio Father Allegedly Threw 2-Week-Old Son Against Headboard, Fracturing Newborn's Skull: Prosecutors

Ohio Father Accused of Throwing 2-Week-Old Son Against Headboard
Source: Clermont County Sheriff's Office; Unsplash

Dezmond Wallace allegedly threw his 2-week-old son against the headboard, police say.

Dec. 16 2023, Published 12:04 p.m. ET

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A man in Ohio was arrested after he allegedly threw his 2-week-old son against a headboard, causing critical injuries, according to authorities.

Around 1 p.m. on Dec. 8, deputies received a report from Children’s Protective Services about a 2-week-old baby who was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital by his mother for a possible eye infection, according to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

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Medical staff at the facility observed additional injuries on the infant, including a skull fracture, mouth injuries and bruising on his arm and leg, officials said.

The baby boy was admitted into the hospital and doctors determined the child’s injuries were “non-accidental and a result of recent trauma,” authorities said.

Detectives spoke with the baby’s parents and determined the victim’s injuries were sustained in the family's Batavia Township home, where law enforcement agents later executed a search warrant, according to officials.

Officers said the victim’s father, 20-year-old Dezmond Wallace, allegedly told detectives he caused the child’s injuries on the morning of Dec. 6.

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According to WCPO-TV, Wallace allegedly admitted to detectives he threw his infant son against the headboard of a bed.

Wallace was arrested and charged with second-degree endangering children and second-degree felonious assault, officials said.

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He was booked into the Clermont County Jail and was being held on a $1 million bond.

The investigation is ongoing and prosecutors said additional charges may be filed.

No details were given regarding the victim’s current condition.

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