Child not expected to survive brain injuries
A 5-year-old boy is fighting for his life in the Pediatric Unit of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center while his father sits in a jail cell, accused of beating the boy nearly to death, Baton Rouge police said.
Vernell Day, 36, allegedly beat his son so badly he caused bleeding in the boy’s brain, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a police spokesman. Doctors also found myriad bruises over the boy’s body in various stages of healing, several forehead contusions and signs of malnutrition.
Police booked Day, 1424 N. 48th St., into Parish Prison late Tuesday on one count each of attempted first-degree murder and felon in possession of a firearm.