3-month-old hospitalized with skull fractures, father arrested

Photo Source: Gregg County
Photo Source: Gregg County

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - GREGG COUNTY, TX - A 3-month-old child is still in a Dallas hospital Monday night after Gregg County authorities say he was assaulted by his father. It happened Saturday afternoon on Spinks Chapman Road near Kilgore.

Gregg County deputies arrested 26-year-old Justin Gehrke on charges of injury to a child, a first degree felony.

In a probable cause affidavit, police say Gehrke admitted to getting angry, and smashing the boy's head against the rail of the crib. Before the ambulance arrived, Gehrke took the infant next door to a family member for help. She shared how Gehrke acted.

"He acted distraught," said Shounda Lucas, a family member. "He was sympathetic. His child was lifeless. He had great concern. I would have never, ever thought that he would have done this to his child."

The child was flown to Dallas Children's Hospital, where he is in critical condition. The boy is being treated for three fractures to his skull.

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