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Police: Suspect fractured baby's skull, caused brain hemorrhaging

Erwin Cook, 21, faces 5-99 years in prison

JOURDANTON, Texas – A Jourdanton man accused of hitting his 9-month-old daughter so hard she became unresponsive has been arrested.

Erwin Cook, 21, was arrested Monday and charged with injury to a child, a first degree felony.

On Tuesday, Jourdanton Police Chief Eric Kaiser said the child suffered a fractured skull, brain hemorrhaging, bruising to the face and other parts to her body.

"He made it clear to us that some abuse had happened ... his story was consistent to the injuries on the child," said Kaiser. "At some point during the incident the child become unresponsive the father panicked a little bit. He ended up taking the child to a local hospital here in Jourdanton." 

Since then, the child has been moved to University Hospital for further treatment.

Doctors noted the severity of the girl's injuries and contacted Child Protective Services.

"In this case it was pretty stark and obvious that those traumatic injuries, when you have a brain hemorrhage and a fractured skull," said Kaiser. "There also appears to have been some older injuries, there's some older fractures that already begun to heal all of that is inconsistent with any reasonable explanation on a 9-month-old baby."

Cook is currently being held at the Atascosa County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

Authorities are also questioning the mother of the baby; however, she faces no charges.

The couple has another child who is 4 years old. CPS said they're making sure the child is kept safe.

If convicted, Cook faces a possible punishment of five to 99 years in state prison.