A Gaston County man is accused of beating his 2-month-old son so badly that the infant suffered broken ribs and a fractured femur.
Authorities booked Landry Nathan Davis Jr. into the Gaston County Jail on Tuesday, after he and the child’s mother took the infant to CaroMont Regional Medical Center to have medical workers examine a leg injury.
But doctors at the hospital discovered rib fractures — four in total on both sides of the rib cage — already in a stage of healing that were not previously reported by adults in charge of the child’s care, according to Gaston County Police Capt. Curtis Rosselle.
Rosselle declined to reveal the motive for the assault but said Davis’s story didn’t align with evidence investigators and medical workers had at their disposal.
“He had a reason and it just didn’t match up,” Rosselle said.
Police charged Davis him with two felony counts of intentional child abuse leading to serious bodily injury. The investigation is ongoing and others may face charges, Rosselle said.
The child is now in foster care under Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services jurisdiction.
“This is a premature baby so it’s had a tough life to begin with,” Rosselle said. “It makes us sad but it makes us happy we can have a hand on intervening on the child’s behalf.”
Davis, 21, is currently on probation for a pair of 2016 convictions for larceny and possessing stolen goods. He remains in the jail under a $50,000 secured bond.