Fairfield teen speaks after infant son's nose bitten off

A teen is speaking out after her infant son's nose was allegedly bitten off by the child's father. It's a story you'll only see on ABC7.
March 16, 2014 6:18:16 PM PDT
A man accused of biting off his one-month-old son's nose is expected in court Monday. On Sunday, the child's mother opened up about the alleged attack. It's a story you'll only see on ABC7 News.

The mother is only 16-years-old. And the father, who's accused of biting off their baby's nose, is only 18-years-old. He's in jail while the mother's been at the baby's side at Children's Hospital in Oakland.

Doctors there re-attached the nose. But they're still waiting to see if the surgery was successful.

Fairfield police say this happened on Thursday. That's when they got a call from Angelika Riggins saying that her baby was bleeding from his nose.

The baby's name is Ta'jon and he's only one-month-old.

Father Joshua Cooper told Fairfield police he bit off his son's nose out of frustration because he couldn't get the baby to stop crying.

The mother, however, doesn't buy that excuse.

"I didn't see no anger that morning," Riggins said. "I didn't see no stress that morning. He was up playing with the baby. Waking up and seeing that my baby's right next to me in the hospital, it hurts. Hurts my feelings a lot. Like, my heart is broken."

In addition to his severed nose, doctors determined that baby Ta'jon had suffered a skull fracture and a brain hemorrhage.

Riggins says she doesn't know how her son got those injuries.

Doctors are suspecting child abuse and now Ta'jon is officially in the custody of Child Protective Services.

The mother heads to family court on Tuesday. She says she's going to fight to bring her son home when he's released from the hospital.

No telling when baby Ta'jon will be well enough. Doctors say he has a long road to recovery.

Cooper was booked in the Solano County jail Thursday afternoon on felony charges of aggravated mayhem and child cruelty causing injury or death. He is being held under $765,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department's Major Crimes Unit at 707-428-7600, the 24-hour Tip Line at (707) 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-7867.

(Bay City News contributed to this report)


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