Austin police have issued a warrant for 18-year-old Akeem Johnson
after they say he squeezed his four-month-old daughter and caused multiple fractures in at least seven bones
The baby’s parents brought her to the Dell Children’s Medical Center for a broken ankle on June 11. Doctors discovered more than just a broken ankle, and police have spent four months building their case against Johnson.
Police say Johnson squeezed the child because she was constipated
. They say it is an extreme case of child abuse.
X-rays revealed multiple fractures to the baby's ankle, legs, and three of her ribs. According to an affidavit, the child's mother told investigators how the baby's father Akeem Johnson injured their 4-month-old daughter.
“The suspect laid the baby on the bed and basically folded the baby's legs up and squeezed down onto the chest
,” Cpl. Hipolito said. “He also grabbed the baby's legs and squeezed on the baby's chest, trying to make the baby have a bowel movement
Police say Johnson injured his daughter again in the same manner a few days later
Now police are looking for Johnson. He no longer lives at the East Austin apartment where police say he abused the baby.
The mother no longer lives at the apartment either. According to Children’s Protective Services, she voluntarily surrendered the infant to a family member and is allowed only supervised visits with her children until police close their investigation
. A CPS spokeswoman confirmed that the mother is voluntarily enrolled in parenting classes.