FAIRFIELD, Calif. - A Fairfield man was placed under arrest Thursday morning after police determined he had bitten off part of his infant son's nose after the boy wouldn't stop crying, authorities said.
At 8:08 a.m., the Fairfield Police Department received a call from a hysterical female stating that her infant child was bleeding from his nose. Officers arrived at the woman’s home, an apartment on the 1000 block of Alaska Avenue, and found the one-month-old infant bleeding from the face.
The infant’s 17-year-old mother, 18-year-old father, and numerous other family members were present.
The baby was taken to North Bay Medical Center for medical treatment, where doctors determined that the infant’s nose had been severed and the child had suffered possible head trauma. As a result, the infant was transferred to Oakland Children’s Hospital.
Doctors in Oakland found that the infant had suffered a skull fracture, a brain hemorrhage, and one third of the child’s nose had been severed off. The child is currently in stable condition.
The criminal investigation determined that the infant’s father had bitten the child’s nose off out of frustration from the infant crying. The investigation to determine how the infant sustained the skull fracture and brain hemorrhage is ongoing.
The father, 18-year-old Fairfield resident Joshua Cooper, was arrested and booked into Solano County Jail for child cruelty and aggravated mayhem.
Police ask that anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department's Major Crimes Unit at (707) 428-7600, the 24-hour Tip Line at (707) 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-7867.