A 6-month-old Jacksonville boy died Wednesday, a day after his 65-year-old baby sitter was initially charged with aggravated child abuse and now murder, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Barbara Kay Kendrick called 911 about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday after first going to a neighbor for help because Cooper Dubovik had stopped breathing, police said. When officers arrived at Kendrick’s home in the 2000 block of Davis Road, the neighbor was performing CPR, according to Kendrick’s arrest report. The report said the child appeared to be unconscious with fluid coming from his nose and mouth.
Cooper was transported to a hospital in life-threatening condition, and doctors determined he had internal injuries from some type of trauma. A detective who responded to the hospital was told the boy had a skull fracture, the arrest report said. The doctor said the boy’s brain was not functioning.
Kendrick said the baby was fussing because he had a fever and was teething, Sgt. Jay Farhat said Tuesday. She also told police she lost her temper, and Cooper was thrown hard into his play pen.
The arrest report said detectives spoke with the boy’s parents, who said their son was acting normal in the morning. The father told detectives he dropped the baby off at the suspect’s home in the morning. The family had been taking the child to Kendrick’s home for about a month to be baby-sat, Farhat said. No one else was in the home at the time the child stopped breathing.
Cooper’s mother told police she had never had any complaints with the baby sitter. Farhat said one of Kendrick’s relatives is married to one of the father’s. The parents are 28 and 23 years old.