A six-week-old baby boy in Chesterfield is fighting for his life and his injuries were not accidental, according to court documents.
The baby remains in critical but stable condition after being shaken by his father, police said Tuesday. Chesterfield police arrested Bradley W. Simmons, 22, on charges of felony child abuse.
According to court documents, Simmons was with the boy at the child's Chester home on March 13. Simmons and the child's mother fed the baby at 10:30 a.m. then put him down for a nap at 11:00 a.m. The child was resting on Simmons' chest when the baby started to hyperventilate. The baby was rushed to VCU Medical Center, where he was intubated with life-threatening injuries.
A social worker says the baby had multiple rib fractures that appeared to be two weeks old, according to the documents. He also had a massive head bleed. The boy's mother recalled that a bottle fell in the crib striking the baby in the head and the father said the child's head hit a video game controller four to five days earlier. However, the emergency room physician said the injuries were not consistent with those explanations and appeared to be non-accidental.
Simmons is being held without bond.
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