Muskogee police arrest both parents of critically injured child

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • Robert Jones jr. was arrested after his one-month old went to the hospital for seizures
  • Doctors found evidence of possible abuse
  • Jones allegedly confessed to inflicting the injuries
  • Aug. 24, police arrested Emma Whitehead on complaints of enabling child abuse by injury.

A Muskogee man remains in jail after taking his one-month-old to the hospital on Sunday.

According to the probably cause affidavit, Robert Jones Jr. and the mother of his child took the infant to the emergency room for seizures within the last few days.

Doctors found a skull fracture, bleeding, cuts and bruises. They believed the injuries were not accidental.

The child was taken to a Tulsa hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Police questioned Jones and the mother, later arresting Jones.

Jones allegedly gave a graphic confession, admitting to picking up the baby by the throat, shaking him to stop his crying, smothering the baby with a couch cushion to quiet the cries, slamming the baby against the changing table, throwing him into the ceiling fan and dropping the baby onto the bathroom floor. Jones said the baby's head hit a toilet during the fall.

Jones claimed he avoided getting the baby medical attention because he was scared of what would happen.

Investigators say the abuse happened between Aug. 16 and continued until Aug. 19.

Jones was charged with 6 counts of child abuse by injury

On Aug. 24, Emma Whitehead was also arrested. She faces complaints of enabling child abuse by injury.

Court documents say Whitehead saw the bruises and witnessed a seizure, but did not take the baby to the hospital.

She allegedly told police that she saw Jones pushing the baby's face into the couch and "only told Robert not to do that because that is how children suffocate", according to the probable cause affidavit.

The filing also claims she failed to protect the baby by seeing the injuries and continuing to leave the baby with Jones so she could go to work.

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