BEDFORD ó A 23-year-old man told police that he was escaping from an assailant when he threw his toddler out a vent from a third-story crawl space Sunday afternoon, police reported.
But investigators have found no evidence to support the story, Lt. Kirk Roberts of the Bedford Police Department said Monday.
The man, Jimmy Jackson, took his 20-month-old son up into a crawl space above their second-story apartment in the 800 block of Central Drive, police reported.
Officials donít know how long he kept the child there, but when paramedics arrived about 3:45 p.m., the toddler was hot to the touch, Roberts said.
"It is safe to say they were up there for a period of time," Roberts said.
The National Weather Service reported that temperatures had reached 102 degrees by 3 p.m. in the area.
When Jackson decided to get down, he kicked out an air vent covering and dropped his son into the bushes about 20 feet below, police reported.
Then Jackson jumped out after the child, according to a police report.
He picked up his son and asked a downstairs neighbor to call for help.
The child had minor injuries and was taken to Cook Childrenís Medical Center in Fort Worth, police reported. Child Protective Services was contacted, Roberts said.
Jackson was arrested on suspicion of injury to a child and released on $5,000 bail.
He told investigators that he had recently used methamphetamine and hadnít slept in two days, Roberts said.