The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is searching for a man they believe fractured the skull of his 23-month-old son.
Jaquan Petterson, 21, is charged with injury to a child, a third-degree felony.
According to an arrest warrant, Petterson took his son for an overnight visit in February. On the day he was supposed to bring the child home, he called his son's mother and asked for more time because he wanted to show his son off to his grandparents.
The mother told police that this went on for a week before Petterson admitted to her that their son had a bump on his head. She told Petterson to bring the child home and she would do a follow-up with their doctor, according to the warrant.
When Petterson finally dropped the child off, the mother said she could see injuries on his face. That night, an Austin police officer spoke with Petterson, who said the child had been in his care for a week. He told the officer that he went running at Brushy Creek with his son in a stroller and the stroller overturned, causing the child to bump his head. He told the officer he did not take his son to the hospital because he did not have insurance and did not want the child's mother to find out what happened.
On May 31, Petterson spoke with an officer on the phone and said that he had taken the child fishing and his stroller rolled down an embankment, causing the child to fall out and bump his head.
Dell Children's Medical Center performed a CT, MRI and physical exam that showed several injuries to the child's face and head including bone fractures, bruising and abrasions. The medical report states that the injuries could not have been caused by a single fall from a stroller. The fractures to the child's skull had to have been caused by a "high-energy impact" and some of the bruising had "a high degree of specificity for inflicted injury," according to the arrest warrant.
Petterson has previously been charged with assault causing bodily injury to a family member in May 2014, assault causing bodily injury in Oct. 2014 and assault of a family/household member in Oct. 2015, as well as a few drug charges.
Petterson's last known address is in the 3800 block of Oak Meadow Drive in Austin. Anyone with information on his location is asked to contact the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213. Your identity will remain anonymous.
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