FAIRFIELD — An 18-year-old father accused of biting off a large chunk of his infant son’s nose made a brief court appearance Monday.
Joshua L. Cooper was ordered to return to court June 30 when a date for a probable cause hearing may be scheduled.
Cooper has pleaded not guilty to felony child abuse and aggravated mayhem charges. He faces a possible life sentence in prison if convicted of mayhem.
Fairfield police arrested Cooper on March 13 at an Alaska Avenue apartment after police dispatchers received a frantic call from a woman at the apartment who said her baby was bleeding from the nose.
Police discovered one-third of the infant’s nose had been bitten off. Police say they were told Cooper had bitten off his son’s nose in response to the boy’s crying.
The 1-month-old baby boy was taken to nearby NorthBay Medical Center where authorities say doctors discovered the baby had also suffered a severe skull fracture and bleeding from his brain.
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