Parents arrested after infant's X-rays reveal fractures

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A Valley couple is facing charges of child abuse after the father admitted he shook the 7-week-old baby on more than one occasion and the mother told police they both had hurt him.

Taylor and Candice Basilio's little son was hospitalized earlier this month. Tests showed the infant was underweight and had suffered some serious injuries, including several rib fractures, a broken clavicle, fractures to both legs and two skull fractures.

According to court paperwork, Taylor Basilio, 30, admitted to doctors that he had shaken the baby on three separate occasions last month.

Doctors first discovered the baby's injuries when Basilio and his wife took him to his pediatrician to get a flu shot because he had a stuffy nose. That was on Dec. 5, and it was only the second time the doctor had seen the baby since he was born.

Realizing that the baby was seriously underweight, the pediatrician had him taken to Banner Thunderbird Hospital for observation. X-rays taken at the hospital revealed two rib fracture and a clavicle fracture, all of which were healing. That's when hospital staff contacted the police.

Further X-rays at Banner and then at St. Joseph's Hospital revealed even more healing breaks.

When police interviewed the baby's mother, she said she did now know how the baby's bones were broken.

During his initial interview with police, Basilio asked about getting counseling for his anger issues, calling himself an "angry man" who gets "frustrated often." Court paperwork indicates that he has prior arrests for two counts of domestic-violence assault. Those documents also show that Basilio told police, "I have done stupid things lately," although he did not elaborate.

Basilio was arrested Saturday.

The judge set Basilio's bond at $100,000. He is not allowed to have any contact with the baby, nor is he to talk to child's mother about the case.

A status conference has been scheduled for Dec. 19, with a preliminary hearing to follow on Dec. 21.

On Monday, police once again talked to Candice Basilio. According to Officer James Holmes, the 24-year-old admitted that both she and her husband hurt their baby. She was arrested and booked on one count of child abuse.

Holmes said the baby is in stable condition, but his prognosis is not clear. Doctors have scheduled more tests to determine the extent of his injuries.