[Courtesy of: New York Post https://nypost.com/2019/03/20/dad-charged-in-death-of-baby-son-slammed-him-to-ground-for-crying-court-docs/]
The Bronx dad charged in the death of his 1-month-old son told investigators he “accidentally bashed” the infant’s head against a door frame — then got angry because the baby wouldn’t stop crying “and slammed him to the ground,” according to new court papers.
It was at least the second time accused monster and 24-year-old father of four Christian Rodriguez hurt one of his children, prosecutors said.
He previously pleaded guilty to a 2015 misdemeanor charge involving a different son when the boy suffered two black eyes at 3 months old, prosecutor Astrid Borgstedt said.
Rodriguez didn’t say a word Wednesday and remained stone-faced as he appeared before a judge to face charges related to baby Aiden’s death.
Rodriguez told detectives that he was at the baby’s great-grandmother’s house apartment at 10 p.m. Monday when the child started acting fussy, so they left, according to court documents.
When they got home, Rodriguez said, he was holding the infant in his right hand, “trying to maneuver the stroller into the bedroom [when] Aiden hit his head against the door frame.”
“He only hit his head one time,” Rodriguez allegedly said. “I heard a pop.”
But Rodriguez later acknowledged there was more to the story.
“Okay, so I accidentally bashed Aiden’s head against the door and he wouldn’t stop crying,” the father of four admitted to investigators, according to the criminal complaint.
“I got angry and threw Aiden to the ground face first,” he allegedly added. “I got frustrated and threw him to the ground.”
Aiden — just 38 days old — had no pulse and was not breathing by the time he arrived at Lincoln Hospital.
A CAT scan showed a laundry list of injuries, including several fractures in his skull, multiple brain bleeds, bruising to both sides of his head and “a 3 millimeter midline shift of the child’s brain,” the complaint states.
Medics called police, who questioned both of Aiden’s parents before later releasing his mother.
Rodriguez has a “history of child abuse,” Borgstedt said, noting the 2015 case.
Rodriguez currently has an active order of protection barring him from seeing the older child, who has a different mother.
In Aiden’s case, Rodriguez was charged late Tuesday with causing injury through risk of death, reckless assault child-brain injury, assault on a person under 11 years old and assault on a person under 7 years old. He was held on $25,000 bail or $250,000 bond.
Borgstedt said she would consider homicide charges before a grand jury depending on the autopsy results, which are still pending.