An Elizabethtown man was arrested Saturday morning and charged with injuring his one-month-old son in hopes that the child then would cry himself to sleep, Elizabethtown police say.
Nigel Aguirre, 28, is charged with first-degree assault — domestic violence, a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted. Police were called to Hardin Memorial Hospital after the child was taken there.
The injuries to the child caused brain swelling and “bleeds on both sides of the brain on multiple layers, according to an arrest citation. The child was taken to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville for his multiple injuries. A condition on the child was unavailable Saturday night.
According to the Elizabethtown Police Department and the citation, Aguirre told investigators during an interview at EPD headquarters Saturday morning that he “wanted to cause some pain so the infant would cry, in hopes the infant would cry himself to sleep.’’ He was arrested following the interview.
Aguirre told police he bounced his infant son on one knee, face down while patting his back, “allowing his head to move back and forth unsupported,’’ according to the citation.
The child suffered blisters on his hands and feet due to the amount of pressure Aguirre applied to him, the report stated. Aguirre also reportedly told investigators fluid that was found on the child’s stomach was caused by him applying pressure similar to CPR “to help the infant have a bowel movement,’’ the report stated.
Bruising was found on the child’s back, both legs, right hand and right side of his abdomen, according to the citation.
He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center. He will be arraigned on the charge Monday in Hardin District Court.