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Tuesday, July 02, 2019 1:00 am

Injuries to infant lead to charges for father

Police: 3-month-old had skull fracture, brain bleed

DAVE GONG | For The Journal Gazette

A 3-month-old infant had to be transported to Riley Children's Hospital for surgery on a brain bleed, according to police. 

Tristan Frayer, 23, was charged Monday with aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with an incident that left Frayer's child with fractured ribs, a head injury and “numerous fractures and bruising.”

According to police, Frayer, the boy's father, was taking care of the victim Friday while Frayer's girlfriend, the victim's mother, was at work. When the mother returned home, police say she noticed the victim was fussy and would not sleep much during the night.

When interviewed by authorities at the hospital where the infant was taken, Frayer allegedly said the victim was fussy all day. Frustrated, Frayer left the victim in a swing in the living room while he went outside to mow the lawn for a half-hour, court documents said. When Frayer returned, the victim was crying.

According to court documents, Frayer then told authorities that he tried feeding the victim, but the infant continued to fuss. Frayer took a shower and when he returned, the infant was still crying. Frayer said at that point he just “lost it.” 

“Frayer said he grabbed (the victim) around the chest/trunk of his body and squeezed him,” court documents said. “He said he was holding him in the air above the bed and tossed (the victim) onto the bed. Once (the victim) was on the bed, he leaned over the bed and put his forehead to (the victim's) forehead. He then took both hands and began to squeeze (the victim's) head.” 

The victim ultimately suffered a skull fracture with a brain bleed, as well as three fractured ribs that are “one to three weeks old and very painful.” The victim also has bruises on his legs, which doctors told police “are most likely from being held down with hands.”

Frayer is being held at Allen County Jail on $10,000 bond. His next court date is Monday.

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