LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A 22-year-old father of two has been charged with First Degree Battery in the physical abuse of his baby boy, whose injuries doctors say are severe and life-threatening.
Thursday, Feb. 2, at around 5:40 a.m., officers were called to Children’s Hospital in regard to an assault report.
When officers arrived, they met with the hospital’s social worker, who told them that a baby boy had come into the Emergency Room with a brain bleed, seizures and bruises on his face.
The social worker told officers she spoke with the baby’s mother, Britney Jackson, 21, of Little Rock, at the hospital. Jackson told the social worker that she has two kids, a baby boy and a 1-year-old boy. The children’s father, Brandon Davis, 22, of North Little Rock, was supposed to be watching them while she was at work.
The police report states that Jackson, Davis and the two kids were staying in a hotel at the time of the incident.
Jackson explained that Davis lost his job last week, so he has been watching the kids while she works.
Jackson said she worked Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and when she came home from work the baby was sleeping and started to wake up. Jackson said Davis told her that the baby slept almost the entire time she was at work, and Jackson said she told him that is not normal.
Jackson said she fed the baby a bottle and went to take a shower. When she got out of the shower, she said Davis left to go to the store, and the baby started whining again.
When Jackson went to console him, she said his head was droopy and his eyes were rolling back in his head. She said she tried to get him to focus, but his eyes were rolling around and he began to drool. At this point, Jackson said she called 9-1-1.
Police and emergency responders pointed out that the baby had many injuries, including bruising and red splotches around his right eye, blood in the white part of his right eye, large bruises on both arms, a bruise on his cheeck, red marks and bruising around his mouth, a bruise on his rib cage, a bruise on his back, a large red mark on the base of his skull, several smaller red marks on the back of his head, and a scratch on his left chest.
Officers took Davis and the 1-year-old boy to the 12th Street Substation. The 1-year-old was taken into custody by Victim Services and later released to his great-grandmother.
Jackson gave consent for authorities to search the hotel room. The police report states that a “napkin with green, leafy, veggie matter” was found during the search.
Doctors say the baby boy has brain bleeds that are severe and will get worse, a broken leg and severe whiplash. Doctors say the baby boy’s injuries are life-threatening and it’s unclear whether he will survive.
Davis has been charged with Battery in the 1st Degree, a felony.