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Kent dad charged with abusing infant twins

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Nov. 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
November 7, 2012 1:13 pm

A 24-year-old Kent man accused of abusing his infant twins has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault of a child.

Bail was set at $250,000 for Jason Dodd, who is set to be arraigned Nov. 19.

Police began investigating Dodd Nov. 1 after one of his 7-week-old babies was brought to Seattle Children’s Hospital because the boy was gagging and spitting up blood, according to charging papers.

Doctors noticed the infant had an abrasion, notified police and told a detective the boy could have died because he bled so much.

Dodd told the children’s mother that he tried to put a pacifier in the baby’s mouth. When the infant refused it, Dodd said he stuck his finger in the boy’s mouth.

He later told detectives he stuck his finger in his son’s mouth up to the knuckle– applying 5 to 6 pounds of pressure – because the child wouldn’t stop crying, court records show.

According to a criminal complaint, Dodd admitted to shaking and squeezing both infants on several occasions.

His infant daughter was evaluated and doctors said she had two fractured ribs.

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