Texas Man Arrested After 2-Month-Old Baby Boy Suffers 3 Skull Fractures, Brain Bleed, Police Say

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May 15 2023, Published 3:45 p.m. ET

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Texas police reported that a man was taken into custody following the hospitalization of a 2-month-old boy who had sustained three skull fractures, a brain bleed, and lacerations.

On May 12, the San Antonio police said 27-year-old Orlando Cruz was watching the infant when he was injured, KSAT reported.

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Police said Cruz told officers he was trying to place the baby boy in a bassinet when the child jumped and moved. This caused Cruz to hit the left side of the baby’s face against the bassinet, he claimed, according to court records.

Cruz also stated that he almost dropped the baby, and in his attempt to hold the child's head, his fingernail accidentally scratched the baby's face, authorities said.

The baby was crying for more than 10 minutes when his mother arrived, according to KSAT. The mother asked Cruz about the baby’s injuries and he claimed he had to grab the baby to prevent him from falling, investigators said.

Around 11 p.m. on May 13, the baby became unconscious and lethargic.

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The baby was taken to the hospital and doctors discovered he had three skull fractures that resulted in a bilateral brain bleed, according to authorities. The baby also reportedly suffered lacerations, bruising and scratches on his head, shoulders and abdomen.

Investigators asked Cruz about the other bruises and injuries and he was unable to explain them, police said.

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Police determined Cruz’s “reckless actions” caused the skull fractures on the baby and Cruz didn’t seek proper medical treatment for the injuries, KSAT reported.

He was arrested and charged with injury to a child resulting in serious bodily injury and his bond was set at $15,000, officials said.

As of May 14, the baby was in stable condition in the pediatric intensive care until, according to authorities.


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