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Tulsa man pleads guilty to causing infant's head injury

Tulsa man pleads guilty to causing infant's head injury

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A Tulsa man who caused his girlfriend to drop an infant when he hit her in 2019 pleaded guilty to a federal charge of child abuse in Indian Country on Wednesday.

Chadwick Andre Young, 34, was angry at his girlfriend for leaving their apartment to walk to a nearby grocery store on Aug. 3, 2019, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

He met the woman when she returned and began punching her as she was holding an infant. She fell to the ground and dropped the baby, who struck his head on the pavement. 

Young fled and happened to be stopped by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper. He was charged in Tulsa County District Court with second-offense DUI, speeding, transporting an open container, driving without a license and unsafe lane use. He entered a no contest plea in February and was sentenced to four years in Oklahoma Department of Corrections custody followed by nine months of probationary supervision. 

The baby, a citizen of the Muscogee Nation, was rushed into surgery at a hospital and later recovered. 

The FBI and the Tulsa Police Department conducted the investigation into the child abuse.

Young's federal sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 10. 

-- Kelsy Schlotthauer, Tulsa World


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