A Pennsylvania dad got so frustrated that he smashed his son’s head against a wall last month, police say.
Police arrested 25-year-old Tyler Duddy after he took his 7-week-old son Callen to the hospital for severe head injuries. Duddy reportedly confessed to police that he caused the infant's injuries, and he now faces charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, reports CBS Pittsburgh.
Police believe that Duddy smashed his baby’s head on a wall outside his apartment in Butler Township, Pennsylvania in June.
The infant, who suffered a skull fracture, brain bleeding, and facial bruising, is out of the hospital and recovering in foster care. He may, however, have permanent brain damage, according to family.
“Mr. Duddy admitted to an incident at the apartment where the child’s head was struck off a wall,” said Detective Thomas Vensel from the Butler Township Police Department.
Callen’s mother has been in the hospital with an undisclosed illness, so Duddy had full custody of his son, the NY Daily News reported. He frequently took and shared pictures of Callen, and he often expressed his adoration on social media.
“He’s such a blessing and incredibly adorable,” the father commented on one of Callen’s pictures.
“So precious and adorable,” another one of his comments reads, next to a picture of him holding the newborn. “I’m so in love.”
“He's just the sweetest thing,” he gushed over his picture of the baby. “It's an amazing feeling being a daddy.”
So how could such a smitten father nearly kill his child in a fit of rage?
“I think he just got to the breaking point and he snapped,” Callen’s maternal grandfather Jimmy Keis told CBS Pittsburgh, adding that it is no excuse.
Keis also commented that he has not contacted Duddy yet, because he would have “probably ripped him apart.”
Callen is reportedly putting on weight and doing fairly well, but it seems unlikely that he will fully recover.
Duddy remains in the Butler County Jail on a $75,000 bond.