Father faces child abuse charges for allegedly smothering baby

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A Scottsdale couple was arrested and are facing child abuse charges involving their infant.

The parents of a 4-month old baby girl -- Latovia Jones,18, and  Zachary Michael Wilson, 21, were both arrested on charges of child abuse Wednesday.

According to police, on April 10, the baby was taken to the emergency room of a local hospital for swelling on the side of her head.  Doctors who examined the girl said she had a skill fracture, multiple rib fractures, and a fractured wrist. 

In a police report, Wilson admited to placing the infant face down and pressing the back of the baby's head into the bed until she would stop crying.  Jones admited to witnessing this repeatedly over a period of six weeks.

Jones had reportedly been in contact with police, hospital staff, and Child Protective Services.  Jones told police that the child's father (Wilson) had been caring for the baby.  During that time Wilson told Jones that the baby fell off the bed and hit her head on a trunk.  

Jones faces one count of child abuse and is being held on $10,000 bond. Wilson faces three counts of child abuse and is being held on a $500,000 bond.

The baby survived her injuries but her medical condition is unknown at this time.