Napping dad throws crying baby to the floor in Orange County, sheriff's office reports

Jeffrey Sanchez

A man in Orange County is facing felony child abuse charges after he allegedly told investigators he shook his infant son and threw him onto the tile floor because the child was crying while the father was trying to take a nap.

Emergency dispatchers with the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) reportedly received a 911 call requesting an ambulance to a residence on Briggs Street in Orange County on Nov. 19 due to an unresponsive two-month old child at the home. According to a probable cause affidavit for his arrest, 28-year-old Jeffrey Sanchez initially told family, medical staff of a local hospital treating his son, Child Protective Services (CPS) staff and law enforcement personnel that the baby "accidentally fell." The child was transported via ambulance to Baptist Hospital in Orange and later taken by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital in Houston for treatment, according to the affidavit penned by Orange County Investigator Sgt. Lauren Kemp.

Doctors examining the infant told police he had suffered "extensive intracranial trauma to his head, including bilateral acute subdural hemorrhages and subarachnoid hemorrhages, left frontal scalp bruising, deep left ear bruising and diffuse retinal hemorrhages in all three layers of both eyes," severe injuries they said were inconsistent with the fall Sanchez described. The doctors suggested the injuries were inflicted rather than accidental, and caused by both "blunt force trauma and violent shaking (Shaken Baby Syndrome)."

OCSO investigators called Sanchez into the station and confronted him with the information from the physicians. That's when they say he confessed that he "angrily picked up his son from his pack-n-play sleeper," shook him violently several times, and then dropped him to the tile floor because the baby was crying while Sanchez was trying to take a nap. He then called his son's mother, reportedly telling her "something was wrong." 

Sanchez was arrested for injury to a child, a first-degree felony, and remained in the Orange County Jail on $100,000 bond at the time of this report.