Stepfather charged after 3-month old injured, hospitalized

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS - Police have charged a man in connection to the beating and hospitalization of a 3-month-old boy in September.

Court documents allege Jamie Coddington caused multiple injuries to the boy, including bruising, “subconjunctival hemorrhaging of the left eye, subdural fluid on the brain and a thoracic spinal fracture.” Round Rock police officers responded to a home along the 900 block of Pack Saddle Pass for a reported welfare concern on Sept. 10, and EMS transported the boy to Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin.

The boy’s great aunt told police she arrived at home and found Coddington and the boy in bed, and she saw bruising on the boy’s face. Coddington told her the boy had fallen from the couch onto the floor, the affidavit said. The great aunt called a nurse who cares for another child in the home, who insisted on taking the boy to the hospital. The boy’s great aunt told police that on the way to the hospital, Coddington said he could not take him to the hospital fearing a CPS investigation and law enforcement involvement. The affidavit said they turned away from the hospital, and the great contacted another nurse after discovering more injuries on the boy while changing him. The second nurse called 911.

Police spoke with the boy’s sibling at the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center on Sept. 11, in which the sibling said they observed Coddington “slam” the boy down. The sibling also told a nurse outside the hospital that Coddington slammed the boy down and spanked him.

Online records at the Williamson County Jail state Coddington was booked Nov. 4 on a felony charge of injury to a child. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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