Tuscaloosa Dad Arrested After Infant Son Hospitalized with Brain Bleed
A Tuscaloosa man was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse this week after his infant son was airlifted to a Birmingham hospital with significant injuries that police believe the father caused.
In a deposition filed Wednesday, investigators with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office said they were called to a house on Bealle Circle in Holt Tuesday where a baby was reportedly unresponsive and not breathing.
The infant's father, 22-year-old Jadarius Daquin Driver, reportedly performed CPR on the victim until medical personnel arrived. They transported the baby to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, but he was airlifted soon after to Children's of Alabama hospital in Birmingham.
Doctors at both facilities told police the infant was suffering from a brain bleed, and that there was evidence indicating that it had happened before in the past.
Driver allegedly told investigators that his son might have fallen off his bed, but doctors refuted that account and said a short drop would not have caused the kind of injuries the child incurred.
In the end, Driver allegedly told police he had thrown the baby onto a thin mattress at least twice recently and that he had also shaken his son to make him stop crying.
The alleged abuse left a "large, fresh" bruise on the child's face and was likely responsible for the hemorrhaging inside his head.
Driver also told investigators that the infant had lost consciousness and stopped breathing earlier last weekend, but that he had been successfully able to revive him using CPR and never called for emergency assistance.
The medical evidence and interviews with Driver were enough for deputies to arrest him and charge him with aggravated child abuse, a Class A felony.
Driver was booked in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where he remained Thursday awaiting a $60,000 bond.
A spokesperson for the sheriff's office did not have any new information about the infant's condition Thursday.
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