A Kentucky father is accused of beating his 2-month-old son while in a drug-fueled rage so severely that the boy is now on life support.
The baby suffered multiple skull fractures, retinal hemorrhages, and other injuries consistent with head trauma and may not survive, WLKY reports.
The boy’s father, Donnie Rowe, 28, allegedly confessed to abusing the boy on Friday, according to an arrest report obtained by WAVE.
Residents at the Kenwood Mobile Home Park where Rowe lives told the station Rowe had come asking for help after he realized his son had been hurt.
“[The child] was pale white,” neighbor Tiffany Miller said. “When I took him, he looked at me, grabbing my mouth, whimpering, but he was going uhhh, uhhh, uhh, like he was gasping for air and couldn’t breathe.”
Miller said she told Rowe to call 911, but gave the boy back to Rowe so he could change his diaper. The child reportedly didn’t receive medical attention until Saturday, according to The Lexington Herald-Leader.
Investigators said Rowe had been on drugs at the time of the alleged assault.
“If you are under the influence of any kind of substance, if you are depressed, if you are angry, or have anger issues, if it’s a crying baby, it can push you over the edge,” Erika Janes, coordinator of child safety programs for Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness, told WAVE.
Rowe is now facing charges of first-degree assault and first-degree criminal abuse in the alleged incident and is being held on a $500,000 cash bond at the Louisville Metro Corrections.
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