CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Chesterfield Police have arrested and charged a man who allegedly injured his 5-month-old daughter on Saturday.
Police said Jonathan M. Jenkins, 24, was with the child at his residence on the 6500 block of Woodlake Village Court on Feb. 15. The child's mother returned home, discovered the girl's injuries and attempted to call for help. Jenkins tried to prevent the child's mother from calling 911, striking her in the process.
"Mr. Jenkins, her boyfriend, interrupted her trying to contact law enforcement," said Lt. PJ McCann. "She had obvious trauma to the facial area."
The mother took the child to a neighbor's home, where she was able to call police. The child was taken to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and remains in the hospital.
Jenkins, who has an extensive criminal background, was charged with malicious wounding, felony child neglect, domestic assault and preventing someone from calling 911. He is being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail.
Neighbors in Woodlake are shocked after learning of the incident. Those who live and work near the family are hoping the baby recovers.
"Don't make no sense," said Timmy Massey. "Grown people messing with a little kid like that—it's intolerable. That man oughta never get out again. You just don't beat a kid, it's as simple as that. They're brought in this life to have fun; you don't mistreat them, you love them. That's the best thing you can do for them."
The baby is still in the hospital and police are working with Child Protective Services and the family to make sure she remains safe.
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