Texan charged with abuse over burped, injured son

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Associated Press

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 11:02 AM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A South Texas man has been charged with child abuse after he allegedly caused a brain injury to his then-2-month-old son while burping the baby.

Ryan Schwope of Alamo Heights has been charged with causing serious bodily injury to a child. Online Bexar (bayr) County jail records don't list attorney information for Schwope, who was released Thursday on $25,000 bond.

An arrest affidavit says Schwope told Alamo Heights police that he might have slapped the baby too hard while burping him. Police say the incident happened in November as Schwope watched the baby overnight, for the first time by himself, while the mother worked. The suspect's 3-year-old son was also home.

Doctors say the baby suffered brain injury and had a seizure.

Further details on the infant weren't immediately available.

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