HOUSTON—A single father is accused of severely shaking one of his 8-month-old twin boys, leaving the baby with permanent brain injuries, according to Houston police.
Jamayl Andre Carpenter, 23, was charged with felony injury to a child.
Houston police said Carpenter had three children, a 4-year-old girl and twin baby boys. His daughter did not live with him and he was taking care of his boys alone because their mom was “not in the picture.”
Carpenter’s mother rushed him and the baby to an urgent care facility in Pearland on September 4 after he told her something was wrong. Due to the extent of the child’s injuries, Life Flight was called in to take the boy to Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital and Carpenter was asked to explain what happened to his son.
At first, Carpenter insisted that he did not hurt his baby, saying that the boy always pulled up onto things and would fall on the tile floor. But after more questioning, he finally confessed to abusing his son twice, according to court documents.
Carpenter said that on September 3, one of the boys was on the bed and he struck him in the back, causing him to fall to the floor. Then on the next day, the same baby was being fussy so he shook him until he stopped crying. Carpenter then went into the den to check the score of a football game and when he returned, he noticed the baby was unconscious, investigators said.
That is when Carpenter ran to the boys’ grandmother and she rushed them to get help.
Doctors determined the baby boy suffered serious bodily injury, mental impairment and deficiency from a bilateral skull fracture, a second skull fracture, a brain bleed and retinal hemorrhages.
Because of those injuries, the baby now suffers from low brain density and has no visual response. Doctors confirmed that the injuries were a result of blunt impact and shaking with non-accidental trauma.
Charges were then filed against the dad.