Man accused of biting off baby son’s nose

By From page A1 | March 14, 2014

Cooper, Joshua (mugs)

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

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man got booked into Solano County jail on Thursday for allegedly biting off his baby son’s nose after the baby cried.

The Fairfield Police Department received a phone call at 8:08 a.m. from a hysterical woman saying her baby was bleeding from the nose. Police came to the apartment on the 1000 block of Alaska Avenue and found the injured 1-month-old. They also found the 18-year-old father, 17-year-old mother and other family members, a police press release said.

Police said the father allegedly bit off the baby’s nose after getting frustrated with the baby’s crying. Police arrested Joshua Cooper, 18, on allegations of child cruelty and aggravated mayhem, the press release said.

The baby was taken to NorthBay Medical Center, then transferred to Oakland Children’s Hospital. Doctors determined the baby had one-third of his nose bitten off and also had a brain hemorrhage and skull fracture. He was stable, the press release said.

Police on Thursday continued investigating how the brain hemorrhage and skull fracture happened.

Sgt. Troy Oviatt said Thursday evening that Cooper cooperated with the investigation and showed signs of remorse. There were no signs at the scene of the incident that drugs or alcohol were involved, he said, though neither has the possibility been ruled out. Police have not previously arrested Cooper as an adult and cannot discuss juvenile records, he said.

The baby, though in the hospital Thursday evening, was under the custody of Solano County Child Welfare Services, Oviatt said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • ceeMarch 14, 2014 - 12:33 am

    Josh, you are a good kid, my thought and my family's prayers are with you and your child.

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  • sickMarch 14, 2014 - 12:55 am

    Ugh, no! Josh you are a piece of $#!? Good kid? Cee, you need your head examined. Take that baby from that monster and throw him in prison FOREVER! I only wish I could say how I really feel. Josh, you deserve the torture chamber.

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  • abramMarch 14, 2014 - 6:09 am

    And this good kid like c c pointed out also beat this kid and gave him a skull fx and a head bleed.....

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  • JazzAzzMarch 14, 2014 - 6:55 am

    Good kid????Are you KIDDING ME. You obviously never really knew this monster. Mrs. Hitler is still rolling in her grave insisting little Adolf was a GREAT KID. Keep this MONSTER locked up forever. Maybe justice will be carried out in prison by the other prisoners, since our justice system never hardly GETS ER DONE!!!!!!

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  • BMarch 14, 2014 - 9:09 am

    This good kid deserves a shank in county and I hope he gets several of them.

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  • paqkleaderMarch 14, 2014 - 10:38 am

    GTFOH.."good kid"..you too must be a GREAT parent if you consider this trash to be a "good kid"..

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  • Lyndsay SmithMarch 14, 2014 - 11:20 am

    You need to reevaluate your standards of a "Good Kid" @CEE. "Good Kids" don't try to eat their young. This guy needs your prayers, but his child and those damaged by his demonic actions needs them a lot more. Seriously, open your eyes and start seeing things how they are. If more people stopped turning a blind eye to their kids, more actual parenting might happen and prevent things such as this and other recent tragedies.

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  • MeMarch 14, 2014 - 1:23 am

    If it's true, Joshua Cooper is not a "good kid". He is a sinful man and did something evil. There is not one excuse for this if it's true. As far as the rest of you who will inevitably pile on with hateful, violent language towards this man, allow me to remind you that those thoughts will be no different from this man's actions. I pray that "cee" and those around Joshua Cooper receive discernment so they can see the totality of who he has become and wisdom to mend this evil deed.

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  • rhcMarch 14, 2014 - 2:41 am

    GOOD KID!!!!!!!!!!!!! DID YOU READ THE ARTICLE??????

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  • GemmaMarch 14, 2014 - 4:51 am

    This is beyond sad.Your child/newborn is crying, so you bite his nose off, because clearly, that's going to stop the crying? Skull fracture AND brain hemorrhage AND this all happened while the mother AND the abuser were in the house, as well as OTHER family members? WTH was everyone doing, that they didn't hear what I'm sure were blood curdling screams from this newborn? There was an article not two weeks ago about a father abusing his child. I remember, because someone commented that sadly, not all men are capable of being alone with their children.The look on his face and in his eyes does NOT show remorse to me, but what do I know? I'm sure CPS will send the baby back to the home,expecting different results, because they're insane like that.

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  • Csm 13March 14, 2014 - 5:23 am

    I hope u get urs in county, everyone reads the paper. They gunna smash on thjs piece of crap

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  • GemmaMarch 14, 2014 - 5:36 am

    I sincerely hope that happens.

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  • dl14March 14, 2014 - 10:33 am


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  • JazzAzzMarch 14, 2014 - 11:09 am

    AMEN to that, a SHANK, SHIV to the ribs, chest area, justice DONE!!!!!!!!

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  • Rita GoldenMarch 17, 2014 - 2:08 am

    I totally agree with you Gemma. Too many times babies/children are placed back with the ones who have hurt them and they end up dead. I pray this child is given to a loving family who will protect him from harm.

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  • JBMarch 14, 2014 - 5:38 am

    You have to have a license to drive, but not to have a child. I guess he just couldn't have walked away till the child stopped crying. Don't worry folks he will be out soon and have to attend some parenting classes, because he deserves another chance.

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  • Poor babyMarch 14, 2014 - 10:35 am

    You are so right. He'll get an opportunity to make up for this by attending some type of parenting class, anger management class, and so forth. Some things are not fair. Poor baby, only one month old. I can't imagine what he will have to deal with as he gets older.

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  • blndiMarch 14, 2014 - 6:04 am

    Just goes to show anyone can make a child. He should be sterilized!

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  • patrickMarch 14, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    his toy should be cut off. I had too read the article three times before I could believe these people.

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  • GaryMarch 14, 2014 - 6:43 am

    Brain hemorrhage--skull fracture--and 1/3 of his nose bit off...AND there were others in the house..Then someone posts hes a good kid??..This does Not deserve a post..Just read the facts

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  • CD BrooksMarch 14, 2014 - 6:47 am

    I hold my10 month old granddaughter and look at her looking at me with those big warm eyes and happy smile, so tiny and defenseless and I know she is okay. When I see stories like this I go pick her up and hold her so she knows there is comfort and safety in grampa's arms. I sit here and seethe at the thought anybody could ever hurt her in any way. I hate these stories and the fact there will not be a suitable penalty.

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  • PornacMarch 14, 2014 - 7:00 am

    Abortion kills. Make more babies.

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  • K.March 14, 2014 - 8:20 am

    Good??? There is nothing good about any of this. It is sick and disgusting. That "kid" is a piece of crap.

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  • BaseballmomMarch 14, 2014 - 8:56 am

    Ah yes, the dub-F makes Drudge... Great publicity...

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  • treMarch 14, 2014 - 11:00 am

    Is there a new superdrug out there no one knows about? This is just beyond normal behavior!!!!!!

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  • CD BrooksMarch 14, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    I keep this quote handy for ugly moments like this: “You got to promise me if you're watching me tonight and you ever get to the point in your life where you are so puzzled, confused, and frightened that you feel that the only way out is to abuse or molest a little kid, well then, you have got to kill yourself. You have to lean into the strike zone and take one for the team.” Dennis Miller

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  • Dexter FowlerMarch 14, 2014 - 10:42 pm

    CD Brooks that is a GREAT quote! This piece of filth needs to swallow some hot lead.

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  • WeaverwomanMarch 14, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    An infants scull is extremely plieable. It would take a "a lot" of force to fracture it. That monster makes me ill.

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  • Next DoorMarch 14, 2014 - 11:06 pm

    Will someone please cut this bastrds balls off

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  • GemmaMarch 15, 2014 - 11:24 am

    There were 8 people in the apt, and when asked about a bruise the baby had on his face, the "dad" said it was a rash from his aunt's perfume. He later admitted to his dad that he SMACKED the baby in the face.So, we have a smack to the face, a hemorrhage, a skull fracture, and biting 1/3 of his nose off, in one month. If they send that baby home to those people,the next thing we'll be reading about is the baby's death, and that will be sooner than later.

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  • jim freemanMay 10, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    "There were no signs at the scene of the incident that drugs or alcohol were involved, he said, though neither has the possibility been ruled out." Speculative and leading; this approaches the level of slander. "Police have not previously arrested Cooper as an adult and cannot discuss juvenile records, he said." The implied message is that he has a juvenile record. Does the responsibility of the journalist include repeating the speculative innuendo of the police department? I think not. Mr. Eberling, I am a longtime reader and fan of your work. One could be forgiven for injecting their anger and disgust into discussions of such an allegegly horrific crime: as long as the 'one' doesn't include the ranks of print journalists...

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