Man accused of fracturing son's skull arrested thanks to tip from CBS Austin viewer
A man accused of fracturing the skull of his 2-year-old son was arrested on Monday thanks to a tip from a CBS Austin viewer.
21-year-old Jaquan "Jake" Petterson was arrested by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at a hotel in Trinity, Texas around 8 a.m.
Petterson took the child out during a visitation in February. When he finally returned the baby boy to its mother a week later -- she found severe injuries.
"These injuries resulted in fractures to the skull as well as bleeding in the brain and bruising throughout the body," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla.
Investigators said Petterson tried to cover up the injuries for a week after they happened, never getting the little boy the medical attention he needed.
"You're dealing with things that can be treated, like a concussion," said Filla. "You're looking at fractures of the skull on a two-year-old child, with a brain that's still being developed. So yeah, any reasonable person who sees these injuries would definitely seek medical attention, and he refused to do that."
When the baby's mother took him to Dell Children's Medical Center, doctors found a long list of injuries they say aren't consistent with a fall from a stroller -- which is what Petterson said happened.
Petterson is charged with injury to a child.