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Muskogee man accused of choking, shaking, slamming 1-month-old to stop his crying

Muskogee man accused of choking, shaking, slamming 1-month-old to stop his crying

Man is accused of shaking, choking and slamming 1-month-old

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MUSKOGEE — Prosecutors have charged a Muskogee man with child abuse on allegations that he shook, smothered, slammed and choked his 1-month-old son to stop his crying.

Robert Jackson Jones Jr., 24, confessed to police that he inflicted the injuries from Aug. 16 to Aug. 19 at an apartment in the 3000 block of Denver Street in Muskogee, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The child’s mother and Jones took the baby to a Muskogee hospital when he began having seizures, the affidavit says. Medical personnel determined that he had two skull fractures and a blood pool around his brain.

“These injuries are considered to be non-accidental injures,” Muskogee Police Department investigator James Poffel wrote in the affidavit. “And due to (the infant’s) declining medical condition, he was transported to Saint Francis Tulsa.”

The infant in critical condition when he was taken to the Tulsa hospital on Aug. 20.

Jones told investigators he grabbed the infant by the throat, shook him and smothered him to muffle his cries, the affidavit says. It further states that Jones confessed to slamming the baby against a changing table, throwing him into a ceiling fan and dropping him in the bathroom.

Prosecutors charged Jones with six counts of child abuse by injury, according to court records. He is being held in the Muskogee County Jail with bail set at $1 million.

Jones is scheduled for a court appearance Sept. 5.

​Harrison Grimwood


Twitter: @grimwood_hmg

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