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A Baltimore man has been charged with attempted murder after making an effort to drown his three month old son in a bathtub.
The accused father is Augustus Parker who is 47 years old. According to the Baltimore police the father allegedly admitted to forcidly holding his three month old son, Montez Parker, under the water until the ‘bubbles began to stop’ and the infant appeared to be unconscious.
Parker told the police that once he removed the baby boy from the bath tub he began regurgitating and then slipped out of his hands. Parker said he then dried the boy off with a towel, put clothes on him, and got the boy’s mother on the phone to tell her that “something was wrong” with the infant.
The police report did not reveal a potential motive; however ,Parker was accused of telling police multiple lies before he finally admitted that he had attempted to drown his own son.
Allegedly, Parker consistently tried to convince the police who were questioning him that he had not injured the young child. It was not until he was confronted with the medical evidence from the St. Agnes Hospital and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center staff pointing out that the boy had suffered brain swelling due to a lack of oxygen. The medical report also revealed that the infant indured an injury to rib and a fractured foot.
Parker cosequently charged with first degree murder after not being able to prove that he did not have any involvement in the the child’s injuries and the evidence proved that the child’s injuries were inconsistent with an accident. The father is currently being held without bond, and the child is in critical condition at Johns Hopkins hospital.
It was also uncovered that Parker was previously convicted of abusing a child in 2003.