A 21-year-old man, originally from Uruguay, was arrested last Thursday in the Barcelona area for allegedly beating up his son, a baby aged just two months.
The baby boy, who is in a critical state, is currently being treated in the Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona, after being admitted with a bruise on his head, a fractured arm and five broken ribs.
After examining the child, medical professionals also noticed signs of previous injuries.
The boy’s mother took him to the hospital a week ago after noticing that her child wasn’t moving. She feared that he had contracted some type of illness and so decided to take him to the Accident and Emergency department of the hospital.
As soon as doctors began to suspect foul play and subsequently raised the alarm to the possibility of physical abuse, the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police officers) immediately questioned the baby’s mother, and shortly after, detained the boy’s father, who eventually confessed last Thursday.
The young father appeared before the Investigating Court of Arenys de Mar (Barcelona) on Saturday, where the judge agreed to his provisional release.
Despite this, precautionary measures have been put in place whereby the father is not allowed within fewer than 500 metres of his son, he must report to the courts on a weekly basis, his passport has been confiscated and under no circumstances must he leave the country.