Battered baby on life support, police searching for suspect

Battered baby on life support, police searching for suspect

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (KAIT) - Police are searching for a man suspected in a brutal battering case that left a three-month-old baby fighting for its life.

West Memphis police say 17-year-old Frederick Henderson and the infant's father, Malik Williams, were watching the baby on March 18 when the incident occurred.

Paramedics contacted police after they were called to Williams' home and found the infant with "suspicious injuries."

Officers interviewed both men and noticed their stories did not match, said Captain Joe Baker, commander of the WMPD's Criminal Investigation Division.

The baby was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis with "extensive internal head injuries" and placed on life-support.

Baker said the infant is unable to breathe on its own.

"It is unknown at this time if the child will recover from this incident," Baker said.

Police arrested Williams, who is also 17, and charged him with battery in the first degree of a child under four years of age. He will be arraigned Friday in district court.

Henderson is also wanted on the same charge. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call West Memphis police.

Baker said both men will be charged as adults.

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