A Ponder man was in custody Wednesday, accused of beating his 10-week-old son and leaving him with 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 may have also had cranial bleeding, Sgt. Roger Griggs of the Denton County Sheriff's Department said in an e-mail.
Michael Robert Goodwin, 19, was in a Denton County jail Wednesday facing two counts of injury to a child. Goodwin was booked Tuesday afternoon and was being held on $100,000 bail.
Goodwin told investigators Monday that on two occasions in the past two weeks he became "agitated" because the baby spit up his formula all over his face and clothes, Griggs said.
Goodwin is accused of assaulting his son, cleaning him up and redressing him before his wife saw their baby.
About 12:20 a.m. Sunday, Goodwin and his 19-year-old wife took their son to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton. The parents reported that their baby appeared to have been injured but that they didn't know how it happened.
The infant was taken to Children's Medical Center of Dallas, where doctors determined that he had multiple fractures, Griggs said.
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 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 she has not been charged in the case.
Child Protective Services officials took custody of the baby Sunday while he was at the Dallas hospital.
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