A 19-year-old father’s string of child abuse led to the death of his 2-month-old infant son, police in Utah say.
Clint Croydon Nokes, of Clearfield, Utah, was booked into the Davis County Jail, just north of Salt Lake City, on Monday after his baby died Saturday from injuries including a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain, detached retinas and a broken rib, leg and arm, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
He told police he was “tired of the baby crying and finally exploded,” and that he would “chuck him on the couch or chuck him in the swing” out of aggravation, according to KSTU.
KUTV, another station in the area, reported that Nokes dropped him on his head into the kitchen sink the week before the baby died, and that he detailed to police how he carried the child by the legs.
Both television stations reported that the child’s name was Hudson and that Nokes was the child’s primary caregiver.
The baby was taken to an area hospital Friday when he stopped breathing. The Tribune reported that Nokes was trying to burp the baby, and he wouldn’t burp.
When he extended his arms to look at the baby, the infant “went limp,” according to a probable cause statement cited by the Tribune.
Hudson was flown to another hospital, where he stopped breathing Saturday. His father was still being held Thursday without bail. No formal charges had yet been filed.
In September, a 22-year-old father was charged with murder in nearby Roy, Utah for punching his baby in the head when he became angry with the child for crying, according to KSL.com.
The Salt Lake City-area Family Support System offers free Crisis Nurseries in three locations, where parents who have an emergency or need a break can take children ages 0-11 for nursery care for up to 72 hours.