FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chief Steve Caraway
Office: (504) 712-2212
Date: August 15, 2011
FATHER ARRESTED IN ABUSE OF 3 MONTH OLD
KENNER - On Monday, August
15, 2011, the Kenner Police Department responded to Ochsner
Kenner in reference to a complaint of possible child abuse.
There it was learned that Tyler
Jonathan Eastgate, 22, of
2850 Idaho Avenue in
was home alone babysitting his three month old infant son.
Eastgate advised police and hospital
staff that he went into his sonís room and found him to be in
distress (trouble breathing, began seizing, and lost
Upon examination and x-rays of the infant
child, it was discovered that the victim had bleeding on the
brain from two head fractures, bruises to his cheek, chin, and
The victim also had several
scratches and bruises to his neck in a hand pattern.
Doctors advised the injuries the
victim sustained are a result of blunt force trauma as in being
violently thrown down.
Eastgate was interviewed by Kenner Police
and admitted in a taped statement that out of frustration from
the victimís constant crying, he threw the baby against the wall
causing him to strike his head.
When the victim didnít stop crying,
Eastgate stuck the victim in the face and threw him into his
crib causing him to hit his head a second time.
Eastgate further stated that on a
separate occasion he accidentally dropped the victim causing him
to hit his head on the floor.
Due to the injuries and that the victim
will likely have permanent neurological defects from the trauma,
Eastgate was charged with the crime of second degree cruelty to
Eastgate remains in custody and no
bond has been set.
Chief Steve Caraway urges anyone with
information concerning this incident, to call the Kenner Police
Department at (504) 712-2222, or Crimestoppers at (504)
Detective LaShonda Woodfork and Officer Brad Boyd are in charge
of the investigation.