Police: Dad blames infant's serious injuries on bathtub fall

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Justin Miles Allee By Catherine Holland Justin Miles Allee By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix father is facing a charge of abuse after his baby daughter suffered serious injuries while he was caring for her.

Police arrested Justin Miles Allee, 30, Thursday after he took his 44-day-old baby girl to the hospital. Doctors discovered she was suffering from brain bleeds, retinal hemorrhages, broken ribs and various bruises all over her tiny body.

According to police, the baby's mother said her daughter was fine when she left for work at 4 p.m.

Investigators believe the baby girl was injured sometime between then and 8 p.m.

According to the probable cause statement, Allee called the baby's mother and his own mother before calling 911.

The child's mother said Allee told her their baby was not breathing. He reportedly called her back to tell her they were in an ambulance heading to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

According to court paperwork, Allee said "he did nothing to cause the injuries to his daughter."

It was not long before he changed his statement.

"He later stated that his daughter fell in the bathtub which caused the injuries," the arresting officer wrote in the probable cause statement.

The baby's condition and prognosis were not immediately available, but court paperwork states that doctors intubated her to help stabilize her.

A judge set a secured appearance bond of $100,000 for Allee.

He is due in court for a status conference on Jan. 22 followed by a preliminary hearing on Jan. 26.