UPDATE: Sullivan was arrested early Tuesday morning and booked into the Pierce County Jail.
He’s likely to appear in court Wednesday. The mother of the child told KIRO-TV that Sullivan “didn’t do it.” The boy has been released from the hospital and is in foster care, she told the station.
UPDATE: The defendant’s name is Joshua Charles Paul Sullivan.
PREVIOUS POST: Pierce County prosecutors have charged an 18-year-old Tacoma man with first-degree child assault after doctors determined injuries to the man’s newborn son were the result of child abuse.
Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley issued a warrant for the man’s arrest Friday, court records show.
The man had not been booked into jail as of Monday morning. Detectives began investigating the case in May when he and the mother of his 7-day-old son brought the child to a local hospital for treatment of a head injury. Doctors found evidence of child abuse consistent with an infant being violently shaken, records show.
During questioning by detectives, he indicated he shook the baby when the boy was “fussing,” the records state. He also told them he accidentally bumped the baby’s head against a wall while carrying him, but doctors said the extent of the child’s injuries are not consistent with that account.