Hearing set for teen accused of biting off part of infant son’s nose

By From page A3 | May 14, 2014

Cooper, Joshua (mugs)

Joshua Cooper is accused of biting off a portion of his infant son’s nose.

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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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 13, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Another son of Obama strikes again.

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  • 2realMay 14, 2014 - 6:12 am

    Man that guy is ugly. Someone should bite his face off.

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  • bit chiefMay 14, 2014 - 4:19 pm


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  • CD BrooksMay 14, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Every time I see this I want this guy to die. I don't give a crap what anybody thinks about that. Just do the world a favor and die.

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  • BMay 14, 2014 - 7:35 am

    Its a shame no one has buried a shank in his ribs yet. Cant wait for his supporters to come in here and tell us what a good guy he really is.

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  • boomMay 14, 2014 - 8:31 am

    @b-Your comments show your lack of knowledge in this situation. Explain to me what exactly someone is going to make a shank out of in that jail. Don't suggest a razor and toothbrush, I mean a real shank. Secondly, who is going to shank him? What racial group? It won't be his own, they don't discipline their own unless its a crip/blood gang thing. So now you're left with another group, are you suggesting starting a race war in jail to appease your feelings about the man? Not defending this guy, just saying he's going to do life. Not many of you out there know exactly what it feels like when they say you're NEVER going home again. But trust and believe me, he will endure years of punishment and abuse by staff and other inmates. But maybe that's your style, kick a man when he's already down, like this guy.

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  • CD BrooksMay 14, 2014 - 9:03 am

    Boom, kick a man when he's down? There is no "man" in this argument. Dude will never get the punishment he truly deserves your bleak assessment notwithstanding.

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  • just sayin'May 14, 2014 - 9:09 am

    ""kick a man when he's already down""" Reminds me of the Menendez brothers asking for leniency because they were orphans.

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  • BMay 14, 2014 - 9:29 am

    It is comical you are attempting to tell me I dont know much about the prison system (which I work in) when you're insinuating that shanks are not made in county jails or that those who harm children are not despised by other inmates. Reality check for you, weapons are made in every jail facility, and inmates who have harmed children are the scum of the earth, even to other inmates. Furthermore, I am not "kicking a man while he is down". I am calling a monster for what he is and hoping he gets what is deserved. If that offends you, good. This "PC and liberal" world that is becoming our reality sickens me, as do people such as yourself who attempt to write a pass for pieces of trash like Mr. Cooper.

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  • boomMay 14, 2014 - 10:40 am

    @B-Thank you for making my points about the criminal justice system valid. You work in the prison system and you want someone to be shanked? I hope they check your IP address so you can be dealt with accordingly, you're part of the problem, not the solution. Thank you for chiming in CD, especially when I clearly stated I wasn't defending this kids' actions.

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  • BMay 14, 2014 - 11:11 am

    If wanting punishment (not a cozy life in the California system) for this animal makes me part of the problem then so be it. At least Id know that "being part of the problem" keeps this monster from hurting another child.

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  • boomMay 14, 2014 - 11:45 am

    B-Cozy life? Ok. Just because you work at soft as cotton Vacaville prison(for the transgendered, dying and mentally unstable)Doesn't mean that's where he's going. You know(if you're not lying about your job)this kid is going to start with well over 100 points on the CSRA score sheet and that he's going to be in close custody for at least 8 years(providing he doesn't mess up inside)Meaning Pelican, Corcoran, High desert or some other shathole that I doubt you or anyone would call "cozy" @CD-We can agree to disagree but when you're facing the rest of your life incarcerated , I would call that person down. Sure as hell ain't on top.

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  • BMay 14, 2014 - 11:55 am

    Show me when I said I worked at Vacaville? Prisoners are given far too much comfort. Pelican Bay included. You want to have sympathy or feel for this guy, good for you. I do not and I hope he gets his. If you dont like that, good for you.

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  • boomMay 14, 2014 - 8:27 pm

    @B-Dude, if you don't get that it doesn't matter which prison you work at, but that you can't work at a prison and advocate inmate on inmate violence, then, as previously stated, you are part of the problem. Read your mission statement at cdcr.ca.gov, it surely doesn't say anything about staff advocating, encouraging or promoting violence. Don't forget, without the badge, pepper spray and guntower, your arse be dead.@Jesus, you should read up on indeterminate sentencing guidelines before you spew your 15 equals life crud, please know your laws before you speak on them.

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  • CD BrooksMay 14, 2014 - 12:17 pm

    Boom, actually, I completely understand your point and don't disagree with you at all. This is a young dude and life is going to suck, I get that. I am just extremely passionate about the level of punishment people that hurt kids should receive.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 14, 2014 - 10:41 am

    Government created this monster and all the other monsters in your horrible state.'And you prison guards are like them, quite often involved in illegal activities that your bosses and the politician enablers deny exist!

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  • Rich GiddensMay 14, 2014 - 9:18 am

    THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM (The Welfare society and Police State) “Blacks are different” is a generalization being made by a long time public defender who goes by a pseudonym in order to speak freely and protect himself and his family from danger. “My experience has…taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure [from] all other people,” says the public defender using the pen name Michael Smith.(1) “I have no explanation for why this is, but crime has racial patterns.” While blacks commit many violent crimes, they commit “very few sex crimes,” the author of this out‐standing report says. Crime patterns he has noticed break down into Hispanics committing mainly DUIs and sexual assault on chil‐dren offenses. “The handful of whites I see commit all kinds of crimes,” says Smith, but in all of his many years as a public defender in a large Southern city, he has only represented THREE Asians, one of the being half black. The most telling statement from this courtroom weary man has to do with why blacks are so different from all of the other defendants he has represented. An “inability to see things from some‐one else’s perspective helps explain why there are so many black criminals.”(2) When Defender Smith questioned one black robbery suspect about how one of the women he and two other blacks robbed at gun point may have felt, the young male said, “What do I care? She ain’t me. . .she ain’t kin. . .Don’t even know her.” This sentence is perhaps the most revealing in the entire essay: “They (blacks) do not understand the pain they are inflicting on others.” Any parent out there should quickly recognize this as being a char‐acteristic of a very young child who himself is in a world of hurt! But the long essay by Smith delves even deeper into the sociologi‐cal and psychological reasons black males are so prevalent in crime stats. The writer says growing up without a father is a huge reason for the uncontrollable crime wave now strangling America, especially our inner cities. He said that often an appearance in court is the only time a young black male sees the man who fa‐thered him. And that often happens because the public defender’s office has sought out the older man. Apparently, growing up WITHOUT DAD is a mitigating factor which helps get a serious offense reduced to a lesser charge. The public defender employ‐ees often have to dress their accused, even to the point of having in their offices plenty of shirts, suits, ties, proper clothing, as those accused simply do not know how to dress themselves appropriately. What stands out is the fact that the black defendants have gotten themselves into the criminal justice system in large part because America’s false sense of charity has created and fostered a four generational class of US citizens who even though “adult” by years, are stuck psychologically in a permanently induced state of early childhood development. Our country’s damnable entitle‐ment culture brought about by Democrat, liberal policies is en‐abled by a mainstream media that will not identify this dysfunc‐tion for what it really is. In other words, as a method of obtaining votes and control, for expiation of “white guilt,” for exploitation, for whatever. We are allowing 13% of America to abuse themselves and all of the rest of us. Why can’t we come out and say to black defendants that no longer will we enable them to go to jail, learn prison ways, which now often include indoctrination into the Hate America mantra of the Muslim prison movement and then get out only to go back in? “What the media only hint at is another reality: recidivism…Black men are arrested and convicted over and over. IT IS TYPICAL FOR A BLACK MAN TO HAVE FIVE FELONY CONVICTIONS BEFORE THE AGE OF 30!” (3) When you consider an unbelievable statistic that was actually re‐ported this week on CNN, namely that within two years of leaving the NFL, a staggering 78% of players are bankrupt and couple that with 76% of all US sports being black dominated, you have to ask WHY? Why are we letting our political, media and educational representatives destroy our culture, our children, our country, our American way of life? “The media report that although blacks are 12% of the population, they are 40% of prison populations.” (4) It must be asked what we have gotten for LBJ’s (adjusted for inflation) TWENTY TRILLION dollars spent on the War on Poverty? What we’ve gotten is a permanent class of violent, of‐fending children without fathers, a 73% illegitimacy rate, a give-me you-owe-me culture of “She ain’t me” and a display of unfeel‐ing cruelty from which we as a nation may never recover!

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  • CD BrooksMay 14, 2014 - 10:59 am

    Boom, I was responding to your "kick" comment, I didn't say anything about defending him.

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  • 2realMay 14, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    CD, your right there is no man here. An infant was disfigured here! If u want to back this monster up then maybe u arent a parent or your just plain stupid!

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  • JesusMay 14, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    Life= 15 years. I say shank him, after his face is ripped off! Anyone making a case for this creep is a POS too!

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  • Rich GiddensMay 14, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    All of you California prison guards are a bunch of scumbag criminals---just like your charges. You both deserve each other.

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