A California father has been arrested and charged with felony child cruelty after bringing his 2-week-old son to the hospital with two broken arms.
Glen Robert Haskell, 33, was arrested by sheriff's deputies on Oct. 16 after doctors at the emergency room called police.
"The doctors were treating a 2-week-old baby that had bilateral spiral fractures to both of its arms," said Lt. Wendell Anderson of the Yuba County Sheriff's Department, according to KTXL.
Deputies were suspicious of Haskell's explanation for the newborn's injuries and kept asking him until he reportedly confessed to shaking his son in frustration.
"The baby was crying and the suspect in the case became frustrated and grabbed the baby by both arms and shook the baby, causing the injuries," Anderson said.
"That's disgusting," one of Haskell's neighbors told KTXL. "Babies are delicate, you don't pick it up from its arms. There's a proper way to hold them. C'mon. As a father you don't know that?"
"It's really emotional because I have more than 10 nieces and nephews and I watch them a lot," said another neighbor. "They like me a lot. I'll watch all the kids. And I'm just speechless."
The baby has been transferred to a hospital in Sacramento and is receiving treatment. Haskell is in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
According to the law firm Shouse California Law Group, a felony child abuse charge carries a sentence of two, four or six years in prison.
Under California law, a person can be charged with child abuse as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the case. The misdemeanor charge comes with a shorter sentence if convicted.
In case earlier in 2017, a California mother was charged with felony child abuse but only convicted of misdemeanor child abuse.
Desie Horton was arrested on the felony charge after her boyfriend beat her 3-year-old son to death. Horton knew of the abuse, but did nothing to stop it, even giving her boyfriend tips on how to hide her son's injuries with makeup, according to The Fresno Bee.
Horton was sentenced to six months in jail with three years probation for her misdemeanor conviction.
The father of Horton's son said at the time that he wasn't happy with her short sentence.
"This was not an accident, it could've been prevented, and my son is dead in the ground while these people walk on it," James Horton said, according to KFSN.
"She took the one thing from me that can never be replaced and it's my son with my name," he said. "She took that from me and I will never forgive."