Child Abuse

Horrifying: Teenage Dad Arrested For Biting Infant Son’s Nose Off

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1394757752000-Cooper-Joshua-1920A teenage father was arrested Thursday for allegedly biting the nose off of his infant son. The father told police he was frustrated with the infant’s crying. This is so unbelievably terrible.

Police received a call from a distraught woman who said her infant was bleeding from the nose. ABC News reports that doctors “later determined the child suffered a skull fracture, a brain hemorrhage and that one third of the child’s nose had been severed.”

Yet another reason why people shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the many problems with young, unprepared people reproducing. The stress of a child can be unbelievably overwhelming. I can admit that, and I am an adult with a huge support network. I can’t even imagine attempting to raise a child as a teenager.

We need to spend more money on sex education and stop trying to limit access to abortion. I know I am making quite a leap here – but there are many, many young people who are in no position to handle the stress that caring for children brings. It’s easy to say “monster!” and yes, for the record I think anyone who could do something like this to a child is a monster, too. But I also think we need solutions for the sheer number of children who are being born to young people who are not equipped to handle children yet.

The multiple wounds this child has may indicate that it’s not the first time he has been abused. I just hope the baby lands somewhere safe. I have no other words for something this horrendous.

(photo: Fairfield Police Department)


  1. Paul White

    March 14, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    You know, I gotta get myself a little cabin somewhere remote and move there, far far away from people.

    • pixie

      March 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      I’d recommend somewhere in the Canadian Wilderness, because it doesn’t get much more remote than that, but you like cool reptiles and insects and arachnids with bite, which we have some neat spiders and insects up here, but lacking on the reptile department. Too chilly.

    • Paul White

      March 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      I kind of want rural NM or West Texas. Lots of reptiles and good mammals

    • pixie

      March 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Yeah, that’s pretty middle of nowhere, too. I kind of wish there were things like gators and what not up here, I think they’re cool, but I’m also slightly terrified of them.

      We got bears, lynx, bobcats, and stuff. And you don’t want to mess with Moose, they’re vicious, fearless bastards.

    • Paul White

      March 14, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      NM has bears, cougars and bobcats too 😀 Not a lot of elk (there’s a few pockets of them) and certainly no moose. But they have pronghorn, and Crotalus lepidus, and geckos, and all sorts of toads, and salamanders and…oh man I’m salivating wishing I could get my annual NM herping trip in this year 🙁 But alas, kiddos take all the money and PTO

    • Boots

      March 15, 2014 at 8:38 am

      try australia – we’ve got a whole lot of remote! to be fair though, the animals will probably end up killing you. just for funsies. They’re bastards around here…

    • ChickenKira

      March 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      All I can think about is the frill necked lizard from Napoleon screaming “GO AWAY!”

  2. Liz

    March 14, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I am a horrible person. All I can think while reading this is “Got your nose!”

    Seriously though, this is awful. More should be done in order to prevent these kinds of situations. It seems like the child should have been removed from this situation sooner. I hope that the child is physically okay at the end of it all.

  3. Dixie

    March 14, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    We have to quit subsidizing families. I live in an area where many young women have children so they can “get a check.” All the availability to abortion and sex education in the world won’t stop these women from having a baby.

    • mharry

      March 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Oh Dixie, you don’t have a clue how government aid actually works, do you?

    • TheGirlWhoWoreGlasses

      March 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Dixie is not totally wrong – to many teenagers the “check” seems like a lot. Especially if you can live in subsidized housing and everyone else around you is doing it. They help each other qualify. It’s not always true, but it certainly is in some neighborhoods.

    • Paul White

      March 15, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      I wish Dixie was 100% wrong but they’re not. I don’t see it a lot but there’s a few cases that come through like that. Maybe 5-10%?

    • Dixie

      March 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Actually I understand more than you think. My mother taught public school for over 30 years…I can’t tell you how many times one of her elementary school kids would ask her when they could start having babies so they could “get a check.” If you want more of something, subsidize it.

    • Taxes Make Kittens Cry

      March 14, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      You should change your name to Dicksy

    • AugustW

      March 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      I was subsidized as a new mother. Between the $50 child support and $270 TANF checks, I was certainly rolling in the dough.

    • blh

      March 14, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      I worked at the welfare office for a bit. There certainly are people like this, and usually they grew up that way too. Between wic, foostamps, tanf and housing you can certainly live like that. You won’t be rich, but if that’d what you’re used to, its enough. Of course its not true for everyone, but to act like no one ever mlks the system is stupid.

    • AugustW

      March 14, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Welfare fraud sits at about 2% of cases. So yeah, it happens. But not nearly as often as some would believe.

      TANF was there for me when I needed it. Now 3 years later I’m a tax payer again (actually made enough income this year that I *owe* taxes!) and I’m happy to have my taxes go to help other women in similar situations.

    • Byron

      March 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      It’s not really “fraud” since these women to go on and have the children they can’t support with the goal of getting money for them so that they won’t have to work. Fraud would be getting a check for your child when you don’t have a child but lied and said you do.

      What this is would be an abuse of the system and since this system is being abused it ought to adjust to prevent further abuse.

    • blh

      March 15, 2014 at 12:05 am

      Yeah I get food stamps currently I assure you you get PLENTY. And its not fraud if you don’t lie but its still taking advantage of it. I know people personally who do it and see nothing wrong with being assistance forever.

    • AugustW

      March 14, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Welfare fraud sits at about 2% of cases. So yeah, it happens. But not nearly as often as some would believe.

      TANF was there for me when I needed it. Now 3 years later I’m a tax payer again (actually made enough income this year that I *owe* taxes!) and I’m happy to have my taxes go to help other women in similar situations.

    • Dixie

      March 15, 2014 at 12:29 am

      No need to call names. If you have to be subsidized maybe you shouldn’t have had a kid….something to think about while you roll in that dough that taxpayers provided to you.

    • KarenMS

      March 15, 2014 at 12:44 am

      Yup, no one has ever lost a job or accrued mountains of medical debt or had some other unforeseen terrible thing happen where they may require assistance. It’s all just broke people getting knocked up. You’re so so right.

    • Dixie

      March 15, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      I’m not talking about never helping someone who has fallen on hard times. I’m talking about people who use public assistance as a lifestyle.

    • Dixie

      March 15, 2014 at 12:32 am

      BTW, this “dumbass” waited until she and her husband were financially and emotionally able to take care of a child on our own before we got pregnant.

    • EmmaFromÉire

      March 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Because accidents never happen, abortions are never stigmatised and adoption is easy and readily available.

    • Dixie

      March 15, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Accidents do happen, but that doesn’t mean is should become a lifestyle.

    • Maggie May

      March 15, 2014 at 1:21 am

      I got WIC and SNAP (food stamps) after I had my oldest daughter. If I hadn’t been able to breast feed it wouldn’t have been enough, not with the price of formula. The worst was how judgmental people would be! Heaven forbid I decided to splurge and treat myself to a package of cheap cookies or pick up a box of cake mix. I was “abusing the system”. Because poor people don’t deserve tasty treats. I was only allowed to get “poor foods” in their minds.

      But, it allowed me to finish school, get a job and support us on my own eventually.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      March 15, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Ironic thing is I also get dirty looks when I buy healthy food, because it can sometimes be more expensive and people get angry I am using “their” money to pay for it. Not caring that we get a certain amount to use, regardless of what we buy.

    • Amber Starr

      March 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      I qualified for WIC when was pregnant with my daughter last year. I got about $30.00 worth of food (Milk, bread, beans, and veggies) per month…. Yeah, I’d have a whole gaggle of babies just to keep that sweet gravy train a-comin’.

      *Epic eyeroll*

  4. koreander

    March 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Oh man, that poor family. That baby’s mom must be going through hell right now. I really hope she and her son are going to be okay eventually…

    I don’t think it’s a big leap to talk about sex ed and abortion access here at all, in fact I think it’s the logical conclusion. Kids HAVE to be educated about sex, procreation and birth control the same way they have to know how to cook decent food and keep themselves clean. It’s a basic health issue. You can’t just ignore these things and then expect teens to figure it out by themselves without getting overwhelmed and panicking when things get too much.

    I suspect we’d be hearing about a lot fewer cases like this if more people were given access to proper resources on reproductive health, including support for young parents.

  5. Anna

    March 14, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t understand the whole point of the author in calling out teen parents. People of all different ages harm kids… Not just “teen parents.” Extreme ignorance on the author’s part.

    • AugustW

      March 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Should be “unprepared parents” instead.

    • blh

      March 14, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Teenagers generally are unprepared to be parents.

    • Sam Inoue

      March 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      But not all of us were unprepared, plenty of adults aren’t prepared. This is a hideous story and it has nothing to do with him being a teen, just a moron.

    • tk88

      March 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      There are many adult parents who abuse kids, but a child’s chance of being abused by a teen parent is higher than that of an adult parent

  6. Rachel Sea

    March 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Parenting classes are only required after someone fucks up badly and gets caught. There are 6 hojillion ways in which parenting classes could be strenuously encouraged and incentivised, which would reduce the incidence of shit like this.

    Poor baby is going to be scarred for life. I hope some very kind plastic surgeons step forward to help.

  7. JJ

    March 14, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    You know that just disturbs me so much I just.. can’t. I just cannot fathom ever why one would do that. I will now back away slowly from this news story and try to contain my raging desire to find that man and cut his nose off too and do other horrible things I will not speak off.

  8. jendra_berri

    March 14, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    This is severely fucked up. My screaming baby at worst caused me to leave the room for a little while, lay down on my bed and drown out the noise. Biting off the nose of an infant is deranged.

    • AugustW

      March 14, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      I realize these people aren’t thinking clearly, but all I can ever think with these cases is….injuring a child doesn’t make them stop crying. Doesn’t it make them cry more?

    • Maggie May

      March 15, 2014 at 1:11 am

      I remember setting my oldest in her bassinet and then crying in the bathtub for about a half hour when she was 2 weeks old and wouldn’t stop screaming. I could never imagine hurting her or any of my kids!

  9. Aubrey

    March 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Filthy bastard! I hope someone bites his nose off in jail. Or some other extremity. Sickening.

  10. Allyson_et_al

    March 15, 2014 at 2:22 am

    The worst thing I ever did when my baby was crying was once when I lost it and repeatedly punched a pillow that was near her. (Not so near that I could have hit her by mistake, just near her.) I felt so guilty about getting angry and frustrated enough to punch something. I can’t imagine ever being tired/frustrated/angry enough to actually injure an infant. My God.

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