9-month-old found with ‘skeletal fractures,’ mom’s boyfriend charged

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 29-year-old man is accused of injuring a 9-month-old boy who went to the hospital multiple times.

Joshua D. Hagans, 29, faces a third-degree felony injury to a child charge. According to an arrest affidavit, he is denying the accusations.

The child’s mother told authorities that Hagans, her boyfriend, watches the child and the victim’s 7-year-old sister while she works during the daytime.

The child was admitted to the hospital in April for a bruise to his face. At that time, Hagans told the child’s mother that he fell off a couch.

The victim was admitted to an Austin hospital a second time on June 13, where officials say the infant suffered multiple skeletal fractures in different stages of healing, according to an arrest affidavit.
Hagans once again said the victim fell off a couch, but authorities said the child’s injuries were not consistent with that type of a fall, according to the affidavit.

That same day, the child’s mother said Hagans took him to a doctor’s appointment and that the child kept crying as he tried to put him in the car seat. While putting the victim in the seat, Hagans told the girlfriend that he heard the infant’s shoulder “pop,” according to an arrest affidavit. At that time, the victim was crying nonstop and didn’t have use of his right arm.

A trauma pediatrician followed-up on the child’s injuries, saying he sustained multiple fractures to his arm. The pediatrician said that “Hagans explanation of how he routinely placed victim in the car seat would not be a plausible mechanism” to cause the injuries sustained by the 9-month-old.

Hagans is being held on $25,000 bond.

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