A 1-month-old baby was hospitalized in critical condition the 19-year-old father told police he shook the baby “vigorously” while telling the infant to shut up and stop crying.
Christian Vasquez, of Mesa, was arrested about 8 p.m. Monday on suspicion of child abuse after doctors at Banner Desert Medical Center and a forensic doctor from St. Joseph’s Hospital told police the baby had life-threatening bleeding on the brain and a retinal injury, according to a Mesa police report.
After the infant’s mother returned to the family’s residence in the 200 block of West Eighth Avenue, she noticed the baby was not breathing right and took the baby to the hospital, the report stated.
Vasquez, who first told conflicting stories to police, also admitted to officers he tossed the baby into the air about five times before shaking the baby again and then giving the baby a bath.
After the bath, he said he noticed the baby was not breathing properly and told police he decided not to call 911 because after he administered CPR he said the baby was breathing better.