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Man Accused Of Choking, Smothering and Slamming Baby (Photos)

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An Oklahoma man is in police custody after allegedly shaking, choking and slamming his 1-month-old son.

Robert Jackson Jones Jr., 24, was arrested Aug. 21 and charged with six counts of child abuse by injury, according to the Muskogee Phoenix.

Jones' 1-month-old baby is in critical condition after suffering two skull fractures and bleeding in the brain. He also suffered bruises to his left eye and ear, as well as "fingerprint" bruises on his neck from where Jones allegedly choked him.

According to the affidavit, Jones admitted to inflicting the injuries after the baby wouldn't stop crying.

He reportedly confessed to lifting the baby up "by the throat with his hands," shaking him and smothering him with couch cushions and towels to muffle the sound of the baby's crying.

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Jones also allegedly slammed the baby against a changing table and threw him into the air, which resulted in the baby's head hitting a ceiling fan.

The affidavit states that Jones proceeded to drop the baby off his shoulders onto the bathroom floor. This caused the baby's head to "slam into the toilet while he fell to the ground."

Jones and the baby's mother, Emma Whitehead, took the infant to the emergency room after he began having seizures. A CT scan showed that the baby had a "small right temporal skull fracture, a left temporal skull fracture, and a large subdural hematoma."

The infant was then transferred to another hospital, where it was discovered that he had dangerously low hemoglobin levels in his blood, "indicating possible continual blood loss."

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Doctors diagnosed the injuries as being "non-accidental."

Whitehead said the horrific episode left her in a state of disbelief. She told WARN that while Jones had shown himself capable of violence in the past, she didn't believe he could hurt their child.

"I never thought anything like this would ever happen," she said.

Whitehead explained that she asked Jones to watch the baby because the usual babysitter was unavailable.

She added that the infant is now showing some signs of recovery.

"He's breathing on his own, moving his legs, opening his eyes, looking around."

Jones is being held at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on a $1 million bond.

Under Oklahoma's child abuse statute, any person who "willfully and maliciously" abuses, injures, tortures or maims a child under the age of 18 is guilty of a felony and is subject to a maximum penalty of life in prison, according to the Law Firm of Oklahoma.

Enabling child abuse also carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Sources: Muskogee Phoenix, WARNLaw Firm of Oklahoma / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Muskogee Phoenix, KOKI

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