A Ponder man was in custody Wednesday accused of beating his 10-week-old son and causing multiple fractures because the infant spit up his formula, Denton County authorities said.
The infant suffered fractures to his right femur, right wrist, three ribs and right ankle. The baby also may have had cranial bleeding, said Sgt. Roger Griggs of the Denton County Sheriff's Department in an e-mail.
Michael Robert Goodwin, 19, was in the Denton County Jail facing two counts of injury to a child. Goodwin was booked into jail Tuesday afternoon.
In an interview with investigators on Monday, Goodwin told them that on two separate occasions in the last two weeks he became "agitated" with his infant son because the baby spit up his formula all over his face and clothes, Griggs said.
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Goodwin is accused of assaulting his son, cleaning him up and redressing him before his wife saw their baby.
The case began about 12:20 a.m. Sunday when Goodwin and his 19-year-old wife took their son to the emergency room at Denton Presbyterian Hospital. The parents reported that their baby’s right leg appeared to have been injured, but they didn't know how it had happened.
The infant was taken to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas where doctors determined that the baby had multiple fractures, Griggs said.
At the Dallas hospital, doctors alerted Denton County authorities, who interviewed the parents. Goodwin stated that he had been feeding his son late Saturday at their home in the 700 block of Ripy Road in Ponder and became alarmed by his son's constant crying.
Investigators re-interviewed Goodwin on Monday and it was then that he told them about becoming angry with his son, Griggs said.
Authorities believe that the baby's mother was not aware of the assaults and said she has not been charged in the case.
Child Protective Services officials took custody of the baby on Sunday when he was at the Dallas hospital.