May 22, 2008
Anoka, Minn. (The Weekly Vice) -- James C. McCartney a 24 year old Spring Lake Park man has been arrested and charged with first-degree assault after he fractured the skull of a 7-month old baby, punishing it for crying. The baby remains in a coma.
The baby's mother, Jessica A. Senn, told police the baby was fine when she left for work about 4:45 p.m. Thursday.
McCartney, who shares the house with his girlfriend and her child, was babysitting the infant while the baby's mother was at work. The baby began crying, which infuriated McCartney .
According to police, McCartney told investigators that he struck the baby on the side of the head, knocking him to the floor. McCartney then said he then slapped the baby while he was laying on the floor.
When emergency crews arrived around 6p.m. they found the boy unresponsive. He was transported to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where emergency personnel operated.
Authorities say the baby suffered a fracture to the side of his skull that also resulted in bleeding in the brain. Emergency personnel have expressed doubts as to whether the baby will survive.
The baby's father, Josh Jeanson, 25, said he went to the hospital Friday afternoon to see his son. He said the boy had no bruises when he last saw him, before the new boyfriend showed up. Jeanson said he and the mother had broken up last fall.
James C. McCartney has been charged with first-degree assault and was booked into the Anoka County Jail
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Posted by Danny Vice at 8:41:00 PM