An 18-year-old dad in California has been arrested for allegedly biting off the nose of his 1-month-old son because he became angry when the infant wouldn't stop crying. Joshua Cooper and his son were reportedly alone in a room together for just minutes after the baby's 17-year-old mother stepped out. When she returned, cops say she saw her son's face covered in blood and immediately called 911.
When police arrived at the couple's home, they found the tip of the baby's nose on the carpet inside of a bedroom, and the child was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Once there, doctors also discovered he was suffering from a skull fracture, brain hemorrhage, and that an astonishing one-third of his nose had been bitten off. He is in stable condition, but doctors are still unsure if they can reattach his nose.
As of right now, we don't have additional facts about who or what caused this poor baby's head trauma. Dad has been arrested on suspicion of child cruelty and aggravated mayhem and is being held on $750,000 bail.
When he was questioned by police, Joshua was said to have expressed remorse over what he did and asked after his son's and wife's well-being. Obviously, his was an over-the-top insane response to something ALL infants do, but I can't help feeling terrible for all parties involved here.
This poor, tiny, helpless baby doesn't deserve the pain he's going through right now. With hope, doctors can reattach his nose and investigators will find out the cause of his head trauma so that can be dealt with in an appropriate manner. I can't imagine what it was like for his mom to walk in and find her baby covered in blood because of something someone she trusted did out of "frustration." And, as for the young dad, he should have to deal with the consequences of his actions, but I also hope he receives help and the anger management and parenting skills he needs to become a better, more patient father.
What do you think should happen to the dad in this case?
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