Arlington dad wants justice after infant son nearly beaten to death

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by TODD UNGER/ WFAA

khou.com

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 7:44 AM

ARLINGTON -- A young father is outraged that his 8-month-old son was nearly killed by a suspected child abuser more than two weeks ago.

Julio Cruz Sr. said he got a phone call on April 7 to rush to Cook Children's Medical Center. He found his son unconscious and fading fast.

"The doctors said he probably wouldn't make it," the father said.

But after a lengthy surgery and a week in the intensive care unit, Julio Cruz Jr. started to slowly recover.

The boy no longer has to wear a helmet to protect his fragile skull while family cradles him.

"It is a miracle he made it," said the elder Cruz.

Dad is now shifting his efforts toward finding his son's suspected abuser or abusers. Doctors at Cook told him there is "no way" the injuries were accidental.

"They said somebody must have grabbed my son and hit him against the wall a few times, or dropped him and stomped on his head," the elder Cruz said.

Arlington police confirmed to News 8 they are investigating the case. Detectives are focusing on who was at the home of the little boy's mother in the hours before he went to the hospital.

She and the father are no longer in a relationship and live apart.

"For them to be walking around like nothing happened, I don't think that is fair," he said

The little boy will likely remain hospitalized for another month. The family doesn't know yet what kind of long-term conditions there might be.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. There are some 1,411 pinwheels erected on a lawn outside of Cook Children's, each of which represents an abuse victim, just like Julio Jr.
 

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