A Redfield man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly punched his infant daughter twice in the head with a closed fist.
Cody Joslin, 24, initially told Redfield Police the infant fell off a couch, then in a second interview, said he dropped her from approximately shoulder height when he bent over to pick up a pacifier, Redfield Police Department Detective Teri Patterson said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Thursday.
According to the affidavit, Patterson was contacted by Redfield Police Chief Steve McFatridge on Jan. 26 about the 27-day old infant, who was in Arkansas Children’s Hospital at Little Rock being treated for a skull fracture. The child’s mother said she received a call from Joslin at about 4:30 p.m., asking that she come home because the child had fallen off a couch.
Patterson reported that a doctor treating the infant reported that the girl had a “large L-shaped fracture to the right side of the skull,” chest wall bruising, an elevated liver consistent with a squeeze or blow to the stomach and a “bi-frontal injury not consistent with a household fall from less than three feet.”
In a second interview Jan. 31, Joslin allegedly said he had dropped the infant while holding her when he bent over, but the doctor told police that the skull fracture was more severe than could result from a fall from shoulder height. Additionally, liver contusions did not occur from a fall but were caused by “blunt force trauma or a forceful squeeze,” according to the affidavit.
On Wednesday, Joslin allegedly told Redfield Police he had punched the infant twice while holding her “because she would not stop crying.”
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforh set a $15,000 bond for Joslin after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with first-degree battery. He was ordered to have no contact with the infant until the case is settled.