Man charged after baby suffers 'smashing blow' to head | Crime
A Jonesboro man faces battery charges after police say his 4-month-old baby suffered a "smashing blow to the head."
Paul Martin Suchey, 28, is charged with second degree domestic battery.
Monday night officers were called to the emergency room at St. Bernards Medical Center regarding a baby with a depressed skull fracture.
According to court records, x-rays showed the child had a deep depressed skull fracture just above his right ear. His head was visibly swollen.
Doctors told investigators the injury was caused by blunt force or a hard impact.
At first, Suchey and the child’s mother claimed they did not know what had happened to the baby.
The mother told police she was at work and the baby was home alone with Suchey until 6 p.m.
When she returned home, the mother said the baby was crying uncontrollably. An hour later she noticed the child’s head was swollen, according to the affidavit.
She and Suchey then took the baby to the hospital.
Officers questioned Suchey who said he cared for the baby all day and “the child was fine,” according to the court records.
He reportedly said he rocks the child in his lap and the baby may have hit his head on his knee.
Police told Suchey that would not have caused the baby’s severe injury and “to try again.”
Suchey then said he “may have hit the baby’s head against the door frame of the bedroom while he was going to change the baby,” the report stated.
Suchey reportedly said he did not hit it hard and that it was “just a bump.”
When told that medical evidence was “overwhelming” that the child had suffered a smashing blow to the head, Suchey reportedly said “this was his story and he was sticking to it.”
Suchey was arrested and taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.
A probable cause hearing was held Tuesday. Suchey’s first court appearance was set for October 31.
The baby was taken to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis for more treatment.
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