A teen admitted to killing his 3-week-old son while visiting him in the hospital last February. The infant was premature but healthy.
Earlier this week, the teen, now 16, pleaded guilty to killing his son while he was supposed to be learning how to take care of him.
The teen was alone with the baby for just a few minutes, but when the 16-year-old mother returned, the baby was “limp like a rag doll,” The West Australian reported.
The teen initially claimed he’d bumped the baby’s head on accident, but doctors determined he hit both sides of the infant’s head with “considerable force.”
The Australian teen was charged with manslaughter.
It’s possible the child’s head was stomped on while he was on the ground, the court heard.
“In order to fracture an infant’s skull, considerable force is required,” prosecutor Bruno Fiannaca said.