Police: Man tried to throw son out window

Brenden Fairbanks

Brenden Fairbanks

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 23 at 5:37 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale police say a man tried to throw his 8-year-old son out a window.

Brenden Fairbanks, 32, is facing several charges including child abuse, endangerment, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on an officer.

On Tuesday, a 911 caller said Fairbanks was running around naked at an apartment complex near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. He was said to have a child with him and there were reports that he had been yelling with a woman inside an apartment.

When officers arrived they found Fairbanks wearing shorts inside the apartment. Officers said they saw items all over the floor, including a broken picture frame and a Christmas tree that was knocked over.

Police said Fairbanks picked up his son while holding a large plastic pen, approximately 12 to 14 inches long, in his fist.

Officers told him to put the child down, but he refused and lunged toward a bedroom window, according to court documents. The boy's feet struck the window, causing it to break. Officers grabbed Fairbanks by the shoulders and pulled him back.

Fairbanks "smashed the blinds and shook the window as he was attempting to throw his child out the window," the court papers said.

Police said it was an approximate 3-foot drop to the ground and there was a block wall a few feet away from the window.

Fairbanks continued to disregard commands to release his son and aggressively fought the officers, reportedly jabbing the pen into the left side of an officer's vest.

Officers eventually freed the child and took Fairbanks into custody.

 

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