Police investigate assault of one-month-old baby, in critical condition

Ricky Garza, Jr. (Source: New Madrid County Sheriff's Office)
Ricky Garza, Jr. (Source: New Madrid County Sheriff's Office)
NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Police are investigating an alleged assault of a one-month-old baby that happened on Saturday at a home in New Madrid County.

According to New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens, Ricky Garza, Jr., 19, was charged with first degree assault with serious physical injury. Stevens said Garza is the baby's father.

Police say the one-month-old baby boy was in the Sikeston hospital after the alleged assault at a home in Canalou, and was then flown to a St. Louis children's hospital in critical condition. the baby was reportedly on a ventilator.

Stevens says he can't go into circumstances of the incident at this time.  He is not sure if the baby will survive; the baby boy is in very serious condition.

The sheriff got the call from Mo. Delta Hospital in Sikeston between 12-1 p.m. Saturday.

Garza was taken to the New Madrid County Jail.  Police should release more details of the investigation tomorrow, said Stevens.

The sheriff says Garza should appear in court tomorrow.  Bond will be set at that time.  Stay with Heartland News and kfvs12.com for the very latest on this developing story.

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