A man from Maine has been charged with throwing his three-month-old baby down the stairs and fracturing his skull in the the process.
According to local police, 39-year-old William Lord Jr. was charged with aggravated assault, domestic violence assault on a child less than 6 years old and domestic violence terrorizing and he is being held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail after a Monday afternoon hearing.
Police say the baby was unsecured in a car seat when Lord, who was drunk at the time, threw him down the stairs at 3:30 a.m. Monday. The little boy’s mother took him to the hospital to treat his injuries, which are not life-threatening. The baby’s mother told police she feared Lord , would shoot her.
Lord went to bed after his partner left the house and he was woken Tuesday morning by police, who called for him to come out of the house on a PA system. Lord came outside and was arrested.
The child’s mother, Ericka Melanson, 21, told police that Lord had recently been fired and was becoming increasingly difficult, according to The Portland Press Herald.
The boy’s mother, Ericka Melanson, took the baby early Monday to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, where he is being treated for a skull fracture, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. The injury is not believed to be life-threatening.
Conditions of bail prohibit Lord from contact with his son and the boy’s mother.
Lord, who police say was intoxicated, allegedly threw his son Preston down a flight of stairs while the baby was in a car seat around 3:30 a.m. Monday, according to dispatch reports.
“The baby was not secured in the seat and struck his head,” McCausland said.
An affidavit by Maine State Police Trooper Dane Wing filed in court said Preston “got ejected from the seat and landed face first.” Melanson said the baby was not breathing at first, but began once she picked him up, according to Wing. The mother told police that she heard Lord say Preston deserved to be thrown down the stairs.