3-month-old at Kosair remains critical

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Police say child was malnourished and suffered a skull fracture

By Sarah Bennett

A 3-month-old infant admitted Tuesday to Kosair Children’s Hospital remains in critical condition, but police say the baby boy’s health is improving.

According to Elizabethtown Police Department, the child was malnourished and suffered from multiple traumatic injuries, including a skull fracture and a broken femur. Police said the injuries stem from abuse and arrested his parents — Jessica A. Capponi, 19, and Alexander M. Irwin, 18 — on charges of first-degree criminal abuse.

On Thursday, EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby said the baby remained in Kosair’s intensive care but added his condition was improving.

According to a news release, Ireland Army Community Hospital contacted the department just after 5 p.m. Tuesday to report treatment of an abused infant.

Willoughby said Capponi, the boy’s mother, is a military dependent who receives medical coverage through a parent.

According to police, the child had injuries throughout his body in various stages of healing, but he had not seen a doctor since a few days after his birth. He also weighed 4 ounces less than he did at birth.

That same evening, Kosair called EPD in reference to an abused infant, according to the release.

Six-month-old Aleyah Noelle Williams was treated at Kosair for a traumatic brain injury police said was caused by “shaken baby syndrome.” The child died Wednesday afternoon.

The funeral is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church in Elizabethtown. Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church.

The girl’s father, Barry W. Williams Jr., 21, is charged with first-degree assault in connection with the injuries. Willoughby said additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.

On Thursday, Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Artie Jones said an autopsy will be performed this week to determine a cause of death.

The two cases were reported to Elizabethtown Police within hours of each other Tuesday evening, which Willoughby said was “very unusual.”

During an interview at Louisville Metro Police Department, Williams told investigators he was caring for his daughter when he caused the injuries, Elizabethtown police said.

All three suspects remain lodged at Hardin County Detention Center. They are scheduled to appear March 8 for preliminary hearings in Hardin District Court.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.