Post Falls police arrest father of infant found unconscious

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 6 at 10:20 PM

POST FALLS, Idaho-- Health officials said an infant from Post Falls who was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane Tuesday was in stable condition Thursday night.

Police in Post Falls arrested the father of the four-month-old child Tuesday after the infant was found unconscious with brain injuries.

Police said 20-year-old Jeremiah D. Weaver told officers that he found his child unresponsive and not breathing in a back bedroom of their residence near the intersection of E. Coeur D’Alene Ave. and N. Greensferry Rd.

Paramedics discovered possible bruising on the back of the child’s head according to police. 

Officers said the infant was taken to Kootenai Medical Center where doctors discovered bleeding in the brain and other injuries consistent with abuse. The infant was then airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center to undergo emergency surgery for serious head trauma.

Police said officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana and questioned the father, who denied any wrong doing.

After further investigation, police arrested Weaver on charges for felony injury to a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Neighbors said that Weaver was the infant's primary caretaker and they were shocked to learn of his arrest.

Weaver was booked into Kootenai County Jail on a $100,000 bond according to police.

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