Affidavit: Slain Infant Suffered Skull And Rib Fractures

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WACO (June 11, 2014) Anton Juel Henry, 27, who was held Wednesday in the McLennan County Jail, charged with capital murder in the death of his 2-month-old son, told an investigator he was frustrated by the infant’s constant crying “and squeezed him really hard,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Wednesday.

Anton Juel Henry (Jail photo)

The infant died of blunt force trauma to the skull and ribs, which caused fractures, the affidavit said.

Bond has not been set for Henry, who was arrested Tuesday night on a warrant stemming from the death of Jaden Juel Henry, who was found not breathing on June 7 after officers responded to an apartment at 2509 East Lake Shore Drive, Waco police Officer Steve Anderson said.

The child was taken first to Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco and then was flown by helicopter to McLane’s Children’s Hospital, at Baylor Scott and White Hospital, in Temple.

The infant was alive, but in critical condition when he arrived at Hillcrest.

He was unresponsive and unable to breathe on his own, the affidavit said.

He had bruising to his abdomen and chest and on both arms, the left side of his head was discolored and he had “substantial swelling to the left and right back portion of his head,” the affidavit said.

He suffered multiple skull and rib fractures and brain hemorrhaging, didn’t have brain activity and died shortly after midnight on June 8, the affidavit said.

An autopsy later determined the cause of death as blunt force injury.

Anton Henry told officers he found the infant blue and not breathing when he checked on his son after taking a shower, the affidavit said.

After he failed to find a pulse, began to perform CPR before calling 911, the affidavit said.

But during a later interview with an investigator, Henry said he was frustrated by Jaden’s constant crying, the affidavit said.

He said grabbed the infant by the torso “and squeezed him really hard”

He also said he wrapped Jaden in a blanket, forcing his arms inside the blanket and then pulled hard on the ends “which caused a squeezing effect.”

He said he “forcibly placed” the infant on the bed at least one time, but was unable to explain Jaden’s skull fractures, the affidavit said.