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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Chief Steve Caraway

Email:     scaraway@kennerpd.com  

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 Kenner 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 consciousness). 

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 chest area.  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 a juvenile.  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) 822-1111. 

Detective LaShonda Woodfork and Officer Brad Boyd are in charge of the investigation.

-KPD-

                                     

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