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Man accused of biting off son’s nose because infant wouldn’t stop crying

Posted at 3:41 PM, Mar 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-14 15:45:10-04

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KXTL) — Police are investigating a horrific case of child abuse that took place earlier this week in California.

KXTL reports that the infant’s 17-year-old mother frantically called 911 early Monday morning saying that her one-month-old was bleeding profusely from his nose.

When Fairfield police investigators arrived, they were horrified by what they discovered.

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Police said the boy’s father, 18-year-old Joshua Cooper, was arrested for allegedly biting off a third of his son’s nose because the baby would not stop crying.

The infant, who also suffered a skull fracture and brain hemorrhaging, is being treated at Oakland Children’s Hospital.

Cooper was charged with child endangerment and aggravated mayhem.

“It was a very unusual case. It’s disturbing and gruesome,” the Fairfield Police Major Crimes Unit’s Troy Oviatt told KXTL.

Police investigating how the infant sustained the other injuries.

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