A 21-year-old father from Virginia allegedly bit his 11-day-old son while alone with him near the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center.
A restraining order was filed against the father, Matthew Wayne Strawn, after the act was deemed as child abuse.
The incident occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 2 when Strawn was given alone time with the newborn to bond. The child was not in the NICU, but in a room nearby used by new parents to bond with their babies.When nurses returned, they found visible bite marks on the baby’s face and bruises and scratch marks on his back. Authorities were then called on Strawn, who is a hospital corpsman in the Navy and holds an administrative position in the medical center, and he was arrested.
The Navy Medical Center wrote on WAVY TV’s Facebook page that Strawn wasn’t being supervised at the time of the incident because the staff allowed him alone time to be with his new son.
"The family was in a "Rooming In" room -- a private hospital room away from the NICU to spend some alone time together and bond. When staff checked on them, the baby was removed and authorities called,” the post read.
After the bizarre form of child abuse was assessed, Strawn was charged with one count of felony child abuse and one count of felonious assault. He has since been released on a personal recognizance bond.
The child is home with his mother and is in good condition, according to WAVY TV.