JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 man is locked up in the Poinsett County Jail after police say he got angry over a dirty diaper and broke the leg of an 8-month-old baby.
Austin P. Herrin, 19, of Ash Flat is charged with first-degree domestic battery.
According to Chief Gary Hefner of the Harrisburg Police Department, Herrin was alone caring for the baby on Oct. 13 when he reportedly became angry at her when she needed a diaper change.
Herrin "grabbed the child by the right leg," dragging her across the floor on her face, Hefner stated.
Then, in one motion, Herrin reportedly picked the baby up by the right leg and turned her over. During this motion, Herrin told police he "heard the child's leg break."
Herrin said he "then became afraid and made a false story up at the hospital" when the baby was taken into the emergency room for treatment.
During the investigation, Hefner said Herrin moved to Ash Flat.
Police attempted to locate Herrin in Sharp County, Hefner said, with no success.
Then on Nov. 24 Detective Jimmy Bennett of the Sharp County Sheriff's Department called Hefner saying Herrin had voluntarily come in for an interview.
According to Hefner, Herrin "confessed to causing the injuries" to the baby.
On Monday, Harrisburg District Court Judge Ron Hunter found probable cause to charge Herrin, setting his bond at $50,000 cash-only and ordering him to appear in Poinsett Circuit Court on Jan. 28.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services took the baby into protective custody where she remains.
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