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Police don't believe man threw 3-week-old

Kenneth Hunter. Photo Source: Smith County Kenneth Hunter. Photo Source: Smith County
Jessica Jackson. Photo Source: Smith County Jessica Jackson. Photo Source: Smith County

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Though police do not believe Kenneth Hunter threw his 3-week-old baby, he is still in jail. Hunter is being held due to parole violations.

The mother, Jessica Jackson, is now charged with injury to a child as well as filing a false police report.

What's going to happen to the baby? CPS says the baby boy, now nearly 5-weeks-old, has been placed in the care of relatives. CPS is investigating.

Police say the infant suffered minor abrasions to his face. At first, Jackson, the mother, told officers that Hunter threw him. But, we talked to her right after she made that report, and she gave us conflicting information.

"I know his father and he loves his child to death," she said. "He ain't going to do anything to harm any of his kids."

In fact, it was her media interview that police say tipped them off something was not adding up. They say after further investigation, Jackson admitted she made up her story about Hunter throwing their baby, and that she was the one who caused the injuries. But, right now, police don't know why.

"I don't know if she was trying to cover something up or get him in more serious trouble than he was already in, because he had a warrant out for his arrest," said Officer Don Martin, with Tyler police. "I don't know what her motive was."

The case of Kenneth Hunter is now going before the Smith County DA's Office for review and this latest charge of Injury to a Child could be dropped against him.

Authorities say the infant is doing well. CPS says he was checked out a hospital and had no problems.

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