Teenager bites off infant’s nose

Teenager bites off infant's nose

(AP)- A teenage father in Northern California is under arrest after police say he bit the nose off his 1-month-old son because he was frustrated with the infant’s crying.
Joshua Cooper, 18, was being held Friday in the Solano County Jail on suspicion of child cruelty and aggravated mayhem, Fairfield police said in a news release.
Police said they received a call Thursday at 8 a.m. by a distraught woman who said her baby was bleeding from his nose.
Doctors later determined the child suffered a skull fracture, a brain hemorrhage and that one third of the child’s nose had been severed.
The child is in stable condition at Oakland Children’s Hospital.
Police say they are still trying to determine how the skull fracture and brain hemorrhage occurred.
Solano County Chief Deputy District Attorney Terry Ray said that Cooper had not yet been charged but that she planned to charge him with child abuse and aggravated mayhem. The child-abuse charge carries a penalty of up to 12 years, and the aggravated mayhem charge carries a potential penalty of life in prison.
Ray said she would not discuss any other facts of the case.
Sgt. Troy Oviatt, a Fairfield police spokesman, did not return a call seeking comment.
But Oviatt told the Fairfield Daily Republic that Cooper was cooperative, and that there were no indications at the crime scene that drugs and alcohol were involved.
The baby was placed under the custody of Solano County Child Welfare Services.

Age 62 Fire fighter arrested, selling cocaine

 

I wonder, are times that bad when the firemen resort to making drug sells at work?

February 17, 2009

 

 

A 62-year-old Chicago firefighter has been charged with selling cocaine to a worker in the Department of Water Management, which was at the center of a 2005 heroin-trafficking scandal.

Fire engineer Ruben Santiago has been placed on an unpaid leave of absence after being charged Thursday with manufacture, delivery and possession of more than 15 grams of cocaine.

Waldemar Cruz, a 63-year-old Water Management rate taker who allegedly bought drugs from Santiago, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. His employment status was not known.

The alleged drug deal between two city employees in their 60s allegedly took place in the inner drive of Humboldt Park.

Officers from the Chicago Police Department’s gang enforcement unit conducting surveillance in response to complaints of narcotics sales in Humboldt Park reportedly observed the hand-to-hand transaction.

After the 2 p.m. street sale, Santiago allegedly got into his personal vehicle and threw drugs on the ground after being stopped by police. Cruz was also driving his personal car, sources said.

“At this time, there is no indication that anything illegal was done on city time. However, the conduct alleged clearly violates the oath taken to protect life,” said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

In 2005, a Water Management hoisting engineer who served as a deputy voter registrar for the Hispanic Democratic Organization was accused of heading the Chicago arm of a Colombia heroin-trafficking ring. George A. Prado was arrested along with two other city employees.

Santiago’s arrest marks the latest in a series of black eyes for the Chicago Fire Department.