FAIRFIELD — An 18-year-old father accused of biting off part of his infant son’s nose last week pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges of child abuse and aggravated mayhem.
After entering his pleas, Joshua L. Cooper had his bail set at $750,000.
The courtroom was crowded with reporters and photographers from local media outlets, who swarmed Cooper’s family members as they left the courthouse after the arraignment.
Cooper faces a possible life sentence in prison if convicted of the mayhem charge, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Terry Ray.
Fairfield police arrested Cooper Thursday morning at an Alaska Avenue apartment after police dispatchers received a frantic call from a woman at the apartment saying her baby was bleeding from the nose.
Police discovered one-third of the infant’s nose had been bitten off. Police 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 doctors discovered the baby had suffered a severe skull fracture and bleeding from his brain. The child was then taken to Children’s Hospital in Oakland where he was considered stable.
Cooper was ordered to return to court April 1 for a probable cause hearing.
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